I have been looking for a large, multi shaft loom with a mechanical or computer dobby for some time. I really didn't want to pay for shipping on another large loom, so I have been looking locally. Out of the blue, a boat friend came up to me last summer and said that she heard that I wove, and wanted to know if I was interested in buying an older 60" AVL, with two beams, four box fly shuttle and dobby. It is a 1984 PDL with mechanical and Compudobby I. She said that she only used it as a mechanical dobby, but I tend to work with favorite patterns, and after seeing some posts about the advantage of a computer dobby for being able to save and reuse patterns, I think I will learn the Compudobby. I have been building a room for it in the barn ( I wanted to be able to use my large warping reel in the winter, so I wanted to increase the insulated space anyway). I was supposed to have brought my new baby home last Sunday. Unfortunately, I have broken my foot. I have a large plastic boot on one foot until mid December (hopefully). Is there anyone out there who works with a Compudobby I? Can I workwith this on a Windows 7 machine with a virtual PC running Windows XP? I use this virutal PC to run older cameras and printers that won't work with W 7. I am really looking forward to working with this loom!