It has 5X magnification and takes a standard lightbulb. What I really like about it is that its on a floor stand, on wheels. So when I want it I roll it over. When I'm done I just push it out of the way. That way it doesn't clutter up my desk and take room away from all my other clutter.
I picked it up at Lowes for $35 the other day, but saw that it's online now for $29 until sometime next year, er... month. (Gonna see if I can get the difference.)
The difference it makes to tying those small patterns is amazing. I'm in a midge fly swap right now and I'm tying a size 24 olive pupa. I popped all twenty out in about a half an hour! (OK, maybe not that great of a feat, but remember that until the other day I was a little gun shy of anything under 20.)
Next on the list was a new vice. When I first started to tie, I bought a $13 vice off of eBay. All I know of it is that it says "Sunbeam" and "India" on the side of it. It was a good, sturdy little vice, but by now I really wanted to get a vice with a rotary action on it. Seemed like the next step up, right?
|Disclaimer: Stole this pic from Orvis.|
But at my local fly shop they had a Renzetti Apprentice, which is essentially what I already had (style-wise anyway) but with a rotating head. Suited my needs perfectly.
I'm still getting the knack of using the rotary function, but the vice is smooth and sturdy. This is a great little upgrade for anyone looking for a rotary vice but on a strict budget, or someone who is starting to tie but doesn't mind spending a bit extra for a quality product.
I would show a pic of my secret workshop, but I've been in a tying frenzy and it looks like a chicken coup exploded in my tying area.