I've been toying with this idea for a long while, ever since I tried out a drop spindle. I managed to get the hand of drop spinning "fairly" quickly, but was frustrated at the speed of progress. Also I had the habit of dropping the spindle on my feet rather too often (OUCH!)
I love hand spun yarns, they are so much more interesting than most commercial yarns. But with the slow progress in trying to spin with a drop spindle I thought that the only course of action to continue was to get a wheel.
I first enquired about a wheel back in May and got some really good and honest advice from Shiela Dixon at Handspinner.co.uk. I wanted a compact wheel that I could store relatively easily and I wasn't sure if I should go for an Ashford Joy or an Ashford Traveller.