I love our aluminum tree! It's just our second year with it, and it's a lot easier to set up than dragging a live tree into the house. Is there such a thing as an aluminum tree traditionalist? If so, count the Uncle in that category. I do have a color wheel, not in the picture, but it's one of those plastic reproduction all over ebay this time of year. I bought it and it broke almost immediately. I had to tear the insides out and replace a spring that looks kinda like the spring in a ballpoint pen. It works OK, but I'm watching for a better-quality aluminum color wheel. Maybe I'll find one cheap after the holidays.
I found some sputnik ornaments I overlooked last year, and now I have enough to populate a small 2-foot tree I'll be setting up in my work cubicle this week.