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Beginners lathe questions?

So for about 3 years I took a woodworking class and learned a lot of stuff. I haven't gone to a class in more than a year but I want to now have my own personal lathe and start making pens, bowls, lamps and whatever else again. The only problem is I don't know very much about lathes. I remember that for the pen turning blanks they already had a tube on them which you would slide onto a mandrel that goes into the lathe. So my questions are:
-Would I also need to buy a drill press to make the hole for the tube?
-Or will pen blanks come with he tube in them?
-Besides a lathe tool set, a lathe, sandpaper, wax, pen blanks and the hardware for the pen, is there anything else I will need?
-Will the lathe come with a mandrel?
-For bowls I used a special kind of clamp, not the mandrel, whats that called and will one come with the lathe?
-Whats a good lathe to start off with? Please provide links!
Thank you for any questions you can answer!

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Just on general principle, you might find it interesting to poke around on my "lathe terms" sub-glossary:

You wouldn't want to plan on pre-drilled pen blanks 'cause that would likely limit the types of pens you can make, so yeah, I'd say you'll need at least a bench-model drill press (don't even THINK about trying to drill by hand)

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