My first wheel is also a used Ashford Traditional. She came home with me on Friday, 4/9 and I've been spinning since! I named her Amelie and I love the way she looks in my home. I didn't set about to buy a saxony-style wheel. It just happened but I'm REALLY glad that she's mine.
I plan to attend a couple of fiber events during the summer and I'm considering a portable wheel to take along. I'm quite interested in hearing what folks have to say about Babe wheels. If I hear enough favorable feedback, I will probably buy the double-treadle, production model.