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I need to buy a new wheel. Iâ€™ve been throwing for about a year and a half. Iâ€™m also in the UK, which limits my options and jacks prices up. I need a wheel that: Has excellent control, so speed changes are precise and subtle. Can go very slowly. Will not speed up when I release my hands Has a pedal that stays in a fixed position (so I can step off it while the wheel runs) Right now Iâ€™m using a Shimpo Aspire. My wheel has speed and control problems. It judders or stops at very slow speeds. Iâ€™m throwing about 2kg/5lb of clay at a time. When centering or even pulling, the wheel can slow down. It then speeds up when I release my hands or ease up on pressure. This feels like a loss of control. I also tend to throw thin walls, so this herky-jerky isnâ€™t a good combination. Iâ€™ll want to throw larger pieces in the future with more clay. I donâ€™t want to have to speed up the wheel to counter its weakness. My tutor uses a Wenger Super 70 which I think is a .5 horsepower wheel. I like its power. Right now Iâ€™m looking at a Brent B. I think Hsienchuen Lin uses a Brent. Shame itâ€™s noisy. I like the idea of a Whisper because itâ€™s quiet and I've seen videos where it's turning *very* slowly, but I have questions about the build quality and power. Itâ€™s also 30% more than the Brent. I think Matt Horne uses a Shimpo. There some shops here selling Rodervelds and Skutt Prodigies, but I donâ€™t know about the shops or the wheels. Any recommendations?
I recently ordered this kiln: http://www.bigceramicstore.com/cress-bt711h-kiln.html, thinking I could upgrade the breaker from 15 to 20 amp (outside GFCI outlet on a covered porch), only to find out the wiring to the outlet is 14 gauge and would need to be 12 to handle 20 amps. They recommend 20 amps for this kiln but it doesn't say it's required. I also have a Paragon Fusion 7 Glass kiln and have used this outlet going to max temp. (1700 deg.) for pot melts many times with no problems. I usually fire my glass overnight with nothing else running and would do the same with ceramics in the Cress. Am I going to have a problem tripping the 15 amp breaker? The cost of upgrading the wiring to handle a 20 amp breaker has me worried. Thanks