My experience with all in one machines for woodworking is that they are compromises everywhere. If you have $3000 to spend you can buy two real machines if you shop around.
Believe me, you'll outgrow one of those hobby machines quickly
Having a real lathe that uses standard tool is a huge plus. I learned on a big enco and I had never made a chip in my life. I wish I had better instruction but it's not terribly hard to get the basics. A real machine is so much heavier and cuts better because everything is solid. I think it allows you to learn faster too.
If I were you I'd buy a $1000 american machine that is tooled and learn the basics. Once you've used it you'll have a better sense to sell it and go bigger or what to shop for in a milling machine like a bridgeport or clone.
If you buy right you won't lose a penny these machines don't depreciate in a home shop setting. A smitty will though so def buy one used.
We're not out here to rough it. We're here to smooth it. Things are rough enough in town.