The South Bend 10" lathe was around $20K, new, the last I checked. I don't even want to think about the Hardinge.
"Good used American" may be an option, if you are in a location that has a decent selection of used machinery within range and if you want to spend the time sorting out the "good" from the "boat anchors."
Take a look at the Jet JVM-836 mill. It's about 2/3 the size of a Bridgeport, and IMO is a pretty nice machine, for about $4K.
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