I have a variable speed Sorby lathe with which I am very pleased. When I got it a couple of years ago, I got the 36 inches between centres, which I thought would be plenty. (Actually a little less, but there you are). Now from time to time I'd like to turn a longer stick, and also I have the large bowl turning attachment which requires the bars to be pushed through the headstock to mount.
The thought occurred to me that if I had bars which were about 12 inches longer, I could leave the bowl attachment mounted and also have the bars project beyond the tailstock mounting. Then, if I needed a longer turning length, I could move the tailstock to the other side of the mounting.
So far so good. I contacted Robert Sorby who quoted a trade-in price of 20 pounds plus tax and shipping. I ordered on the 3rd May and today they turned up, weekend and bank holiday in between. They will also arrange for the shorter bars to be picked up.
Apart from commending the excellent service, which I have come to take for granted from Robert Sorby, it might be something others who occasionally need a few extra inches would want to do.