I bought a Nova Comet II midi lathe, which so far has been plenty for me. Plan to outlay 2x more $$$ on chucks and tooling although you can get by with less.
Yea, I’ve gone full circle. I started with small tools, Dremels and Xactos, then bigger tools, then 3D printing, then CNC…and now I’m back to using my hands again. I absolutely love turning and wish I had picked it up sooner, it’s a great break from my day job where everything is measured to the last 0.0001”. I think it was @gbilger that told me it’s not a mistake if you can fix it! I really like that mantra.