Thanks, Cman ... just FYI, I've turned all of my bowls on a bottom of the line HF lathe. Since I don't use any heavy or irregular-shape-to-start-with type chunks of wood the way some turners have to contend with, using a low-end lathe is not really a problem.
"Bottom of the line" could be a good description of my lathe. It's one of those 14" swing, 40" imports. I really couldn't turn it down for $65 and it was new and a floor model. It was cheap, and it only came with a spur bit. I've checked the threads and they are some weird metric size, not like a 3/4-16.
I never had a need for a lathe until I got a client that wanted me to restore one of those old Singer sewing machine cabinets that had the flip tops with the machine attached. It had four tiny drawers, with tiny knobs, and two were missing. I searched everywhere, and couldn't get an exact replacement.
Well, this lathe came along, and I said..."I'll give it a shot". Of course then I would need turning tools, so my next flea market jaunt I picked up a cheap set. Actually turning them was easier than I thought. My mentor was a short TV show where some guy did some turning. Since then I've only needed a spur, for doing stuff like newels, and balusters, and chair spindles.
I should hike down to Woodcraft with my spur bit and see what can be fitted to those threads. Maybe I can get some fancy face plates so I can give bowls a shot.