I am still shopping around for a wheel. I had narrowed my choice down to the Fricke dt (thank you to whoever suggested it!) But then I saw a used Krominsky Minstrel online. Both have a good range of ratios - but the Minstel is a double drive with scotch tension and the Fricke is just a single. Also the Minstrel is pretty! But is pretty really a good reason to buy a wheel? In either case I DO have to stick to budget.
Anyone have any thoughts on what would be a better wheel for a beginner? I really dont anticipate being able to upgrade my wheel very soon (for years in all likelyhood) so I want to make sure I get a wheel that can grow a bit with my needs. Unfortuneately I can not try out either before purchase.