I need some input and or suggestions. I have a 10x22 king lathe, ( I know , sorry for your luck) all kidding aside. It seems that all of a sudden I am cutting a taper .002" over about an inch, two inches out from the headstock. I am using an ER 40 collet chuck that I built. The work is slender so I am expecting some deflection, but even with spring passes the taper continues. I have made a test bar and re adjusted my tailstock to less that .001 run out turning between centers. I checked for chips under the mounting register and face of the chuck, re adjusted the headstock bearing tightness and can see no appreciable movement there I have done the compound hold down mod for added rigidity, any suggestions where I should be looking. The only thing that I haven't looked into is leveling the lathe bed, and do not know if it can even be done as the lathe is in my basement and not anchored to the concrete ( yet ). As I had mentioned this is a new problem to this machine and I have been running it for 3 years with very little in the way of issues. Any help is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.