Yesterday I went to Susan's Fiber Shop in Columbus, Wisconsin and tried out a lot of spinning wheels. I have been eyeing the Majacraft Aura wheel for a while and finally found someone who had one that I could try out. It is pretty expensive so I wanted to be sure I liked it before I ordered it. After trying a few wheels, I was convinced that I wanted a Majacraft wheel because they felt so smooth when I treadled. However, the Pioneer was significantly cheaper than the Aura. It was hard for me to get a really good feel for which wheel would be the best for my spinning. The Aura is very different than what I have now, but that is part of why I was interested in it. It has a new technology that is different from other wheels. The Pioneer was a little easier for me to just sit down at because it was more like the wheel I have now. But, the Aura is sooooo pretty. It is solid bamboo. The Pioneer is pine and the wheel is fiber board. I just knew I wouldn't be happy if I didn't get the Aura. I saw it in a magazine and knew it was the wheel for me. So, I ordered it! It comes from New Zealand, so it will be about a month before I get it. I am pretty excited and will be counting down the days!
Here is a picture from the Majacraft website of what the Aura looks like. I can't wait to post pictures of mine when it arrives.