I'm taking a spinning class for the next month, and they actually let me take this home! Okay, it was an extra $20 for the rental, but I consider that a real bargain. The first day actually went really well. I'm more interested in the process right now than the result (note that I was not the person in class that ripped out the spindle to re-spin...). The Schacht is really smooth, and I'm doing pretty well with managing the drafting triangle, and I just figured out how to get the wheel to take up the spun fiber, instead of ending up across the room.