It seems to me many of you turners on here have a need for bigger and more capable machines, but of all the talent I see on here I see no need for you guys to spend 9 grand to get what you seek. Personally I can see many of you crafting these massive machines for yourselves. A lathe is a simple tool and the first real machine tool ever invented. As they said in machinist school, "every machine tool is derived from the basic lathe."
I have heard and seen pictures in woodworking magazines where woodworkers built their own massive machines out of parts and accessories they cobbled together. My point here is to encourage you guys to do the same. It would be so easy to adapt say an old non-working tool like my jointer and mount a set of ways, headstock and whatnot to that and basically create the perfect large lathe for well under 9 grand.
Good golly guys, quit dreaming about it and start thinking, then work outside the box and make it happen.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"