I bet and its near the top of my wish list to be sure but not in the budget. I'm going back to school in the fall to get my MBA and finances are going to be tight. For now, I'll have to make do with borrowing my FIL's.
Out of curiosity, being a novice and all, what makes any lathe built specifically for wood working better than one built for metal working? This one is older than dirt but runs fantastically, is quiet and has all kinds of doodads that let a newbie like me cheat. Only thing is that its actually kinda smallish and the bottom rails are arranged such that about 11" diameter is the biggest you can turn on it.