I have an 8 shaft, 32" Ashford. It's my first loom, and likely all I'll ever have room for. I don't have much to compare it to, but one thing I don't love is that it doesn't have a shuttle race (so I use very slow stick shuttles), and the actual space to weave in before you need to advance seems pretty small. I like the number of shafts and width, and it's easy to fold up with a project on. It's fine, but I might suggest looking at that stuff if you're comparing options...maybe not super helpful, but thought I'd add my two cents and see if we can start a discussion!