Hi Matt -
Glad to hear the new lathe is all that you were hoping for! Five lathes in the shop sounds just about right to me
- I only have two, but want to eventually have more for the same reason. Shop space for me is a bit limited, however.
I had the same issue with my lathe as you did with regard to having to get use to not stopping the piece by hand. That's one of those things you learn really quickly!
Thanks for sharing your experience with us - always fun to hear "new lathe" stories!