It was love at first twist...
Delta orifice. Sounds like an erotica title. PORN!
If you know me at all, you are not surprised that my wheel has been personalized with a squirrel wearing a helmet and holding a grenade (or a nut...).
I like the Fricke. It has 5 gear ratios to Louet's 3 (which, dumbly enough, I didn't even realize until I was playing with Mr. Fricke and one of the fiber-lushes showed me how to change the speed. Color me retarded.). I tried the single treadle, but I do like the control a double treadle offers. The price was perfect--well within my budget (I had plenty of money left for fiber purchases). I didn't want to go above $500 on my first wheel for several reasons, though the two biggest ones were: I don't identify primarily as a spinner and I didn't want to invest in a wheel that may end up not getting used.
Of course, I can count on one hand the number of days I haven't spun since bringing the wheel home, so the second consideration was for naught... Still, the budgeted amount was a good guide, and I'm really happy with the Fricke.
There are, of course, some things that bug me a little bit. Some of them I can work with or learn to use to my advantage. Others may end up being advantages once I gain more spinning experience. One of the things that will improve with wheel adjustments: the band slips from ratio to ratio. This is nothing a stiff drink and some time spent on the deck with the wheel can't fix. For now, though, it makes me say, "FUCK" when the little bugger slips to a faster speed. I don't know if I'm explaining this thoroughly enough, but it's clear as mud in my head. Something that might improve with experience--holding the bobbin in one position when stopped. With the Louet I learned on, I got down the technique of freezing my feet on the pedals and keeping things from spinning while I drafted the next section. This kept the lead from twisting up on itself or around the bobbin.
I've been ploughing through my available fiber--check out the Spinning Set on Flickr!