I am very excited--I expect that my new "workshop" loom will arrive this weekend...which got me thinking about the idea of "workshop" looms in general. I know that the general answer in choosing a loom is that "it depends on what you want to weave," but I'll still venture the question: do you have a philosophy or strong opinions on what constitutes a good "workshop loom"? Any experiences with particular looms that worked really well (or not) for you for guild workshops, weaving retreats, demonstrations or other such events? Floor looms vs. tables looms? Best at portability, folding and what not?
For me, I knew that I could be happy with a used 4 shaft loom but that if I was going to spend the money on a new loom I wanted at least 8 shafts, and that I wanted something that could serve as a backup to my "big" loom (which has been in need of repair...ever since it's been my loom, but that's a story for another thread).
I'm happy to share my decision later, but for now, what do you think? I'm just very happy to have the new loom arriving....