I am not a fan of this big warp beam at all, the ratchet wheel has very large sections in it and make fine adjustments in warp take up almost impossible.
This is the smaller warp beam we installed on the loom - it is original and came with the loom. Notice the finer gauge ratchet wheel, this will make my weaving life much easier as it is able to be adjusted easily. The white webbing was added by the previous owner, it is replacing a very old canvas apron. I will remove the white webbing and replace it with heavy beam texsolv cording, no aprons for me I detest them.
Mike added some lovely solid black walnut blocks to the front of the uprights on my loom and re-installed the beater bumpers on them. The reason for adding the walnut blocks to the front of the loom is very simple, while weaving my fingers would jam into the first shaft when I attempting to pull the beater bar forward. Adding space between the beater bar and the first harness means I can weave faster without jamming my fingertips.
In this shot you can see that a good 2 1/2" was gained for my fingertips to hold on to the beater.
Here you can see a portion of the lower harnesses/shafts - if you look closely you can see the harness clips. There are four harness clips on the bottom of each harness and four harness clips on the top of each harness. I really hate this!!! Trying to come up with a solution that will let me get rid of the harness clips that will work. Thought that replacing all the old clips with a the modern version harness clip would mean I only need one clip on the top and one clip on the bottom of each harness. Darn it all this solution won't work, the harness bars are too wobbly. Not sure there is a workable solution to this problem.
I detest the harness clips so much that I am seriously considering selling this very rare loom. The loom is beautiful and very rare but she is not making me happy. Decisions will need to be made.