Well, I have found that I truly got sucked into this vortex. I just ordered the monster with 18" extension kit from Sean at Toolnut.
I have been reading alot of the posts over the last few weeks of which lathe to buy and found that this will best replace my 1949 shopsmith for turning. The shopsmith gave me a great taste of woodturning, but I am tired of fighting its weaknesses.
I just can't wait to see the delivery truck in the driveway!!