The 42″ Beacon Hill, while a nice fan in my opinion, was undersized for my wide open loft apartment. The blades were also warped which caused it to wobble, even though it had Hunter’s “Wobblefree” canopy system. That canopy also did not allow it to hang exactly straight down, because the “Wobblefrees” are limited to a 32 degree maximum ceiling vault, whereas this ceiling is angled at 34 degrees. Surprising since that seems to be a very common angle which most other fans including Hunter’s regular ball/socket fans like the WW2K are designed to tolerate.
The Casablanca Panama V is polished brass and has an integrated beveled glass light kit that would not have looked good with anything else in the apartment.
However, Dan happened to come across an NOS Hunter WhisperWind 2000 in the same finish (antique brass, oak/rosewood blades) as the Beacon Hill. I did a video of the fan’s “AirMax” motor running without the housing around it. Today we finally wrangled a 12′ ladder up to my apartment and swapped out the fans. I took the Beacon Hill down, then Dan did the bulk of the work of putting up the WhisperWind, other than the blade/”Speedring” assembly.
I’ll be doing more on this fan soon. Meanwhile Dan also took some videos of the process, including one more of the Beacon Hill before it came down.