Thanks again for the useful info. Having never used a dropweight I'm just a little nervous about not getting it correct and having to do the same string multiple times. Perhaps that is not a common occurrence, I don't know.
I am looking at "automatic dropweights" as well. They are a lot more money but take that potential problem out of the question. One thing I like about the idea of a dropweight is the simplicity of it, lack of parts to break, etc.
Please let me know how common it is to have to do the same string multiple times with a dropweight because of not ending up with the lever horizontal.