I agree about the shamals... The only problem is they are 16h hubs (slotted for aero spokes) and most 'regular' rims are more... and apparently the 8 sp cassette wont fit on newer hubs... Grrr...
Wheelnut, your 'nago was beautiful, you must have been gutted
Fingers... the 8-speed Campag stuff is getting hard to find but I think I'm right in saying that you could use a 9-speed hub and cassette with the 8-speed Ergo levers and adjust the rear mech to suit, using the lower 8 ratios. Who needs an 11-tooth sprocket anyway unless your name's Lance Armstrong. The cog spacing for 8 and 9 speed is the same so the indexing still works fine. A decent Record or Chorus 9sp wheelset should be easy enough to source.
I would strongly recommend using a 32 or 36 spoke wheelset for strength, reliability and light weight. Those 16-spoke rims are almost impossible to true if they go well out of line.
I was certainly gutted when my Colnago was stolen, but at least it is replaceable. Sadly, the thieving b*st*rds also took my concours 1955 Gillott which holds sentimental value as it was once my Dad's.
I now keep my best bikes in the bedroom and an iron bar beneath the bed!
1996 TJ Flying Gate, 1987 Rotrax, 1969 curly Hetchins Magnum Bonum, 1956 Bates BAR, 1955 Gillott, 1955 Claud Butler Avant Coureur Special, 1953 Ernie Clements Special Course, 1950 Granby, 1948 FH Grubb lugless, 1938 WJ Hood Palace Special