My meeting with the second wheel went well! Her name, I was told, is Caroline. She needed a little TLC . . . a new cotton drive band and some work on the tension (which was pretty much solved with a newer–tighter–drive band). Some oil was in order (and continues to be each day . . .) And then, she spun just fine. All of the original leather is still in good shape and the wheel is (almost) completely true (she wobbles, just a little bit), and nothing affects the kind of spinning I want to do.
Here she is. Would love to hear from others who have an Ashford Traditional (old or new) and what you think of her? I am particularly curious about how to change the whorl, which is attached to the flyer . . . I emailed with the good folks at the Woolery and learned that there is a new flyer that will ‘update’ these older models and offer several whorl ratios. I think she is a 1965. Can anyone else help date the wheel?