Tom Albrecht and his granddaughter: I don't call myself a "professional" turner. I was formerly an Industrial Arts teacher in the public schools and I fell into that work because I loved wood shop when I was in High School in the mid 60's. The wood lathe 2was always my favourite tool then because it was the only machine that I could use when I controlled the cutting tool and the wood was under power.
Your American Beauty is my fifth lathe. I started with a Delta in 1973, moved to a Conover, then a Woodfast, then a Oneway, and now my Beauty. Your team has obviously put a lot of thought into your machines and the design. So far, my time with this AB has been incredibly enjoyable and functionally excellent. This is my last lathe-- you cannot come up with anything better.
[In regards to the tool handles]: I really like the collet chuck design because of the simplicity of removing and exchanging the cutting tools without having to use an allen wrench.