tomc - I like your expression "affluenza"
But practically speaking I do think that when someone is getting serious about 'serious' bonsai a decent turntable is a good tool to have. Get one with a brake and add eye screws around the outer edge for straps. Also get some wedges or rice pouches for tilting your trees to different angles. You'll have lots of fun with future bonsai projects. $$$ well spent.
I'm ready for my next "tool envy" purchase now that my collection includes some serious material. It's been a good year. I would like a dremel and I should start doing more carving. Have been enjoying jin carving with basic whittling tools. But I'm ready for the next step up. Before Winter sets in I need to get into dremel grinding.