The new Hardinge's are mostly made in Taiwan now. I am not sure if the same Hardinge quality is there. All the changes they have made of late:
No more factory direct machine purchase & finance Through Hardinge's Chemung Bank.
No more Factory direct service.
Everything, except collets and such through the new dealer network.
I am not saying that Hardinge is not good anymore. Just that too many people took advantage of the soft hearted folks at Hardinge and basically screwed up the whole situation. Hardinge was very understanding to machine shop owners who made consistant payments But were struggling. We made it through the last "depression" in 2001 with two simple 5% interest (Chemung Bank - Hardinge's own Bank) Loans. You tell me of a Machine Tool Maker that will loan you $300,000.00 for 5% interest? Those days are gone.
I hope you make out great with your new Hardinge!
I have Mori's and Hardinge Lathes & Mills. My Mori's have had less problems than my Hardinge machines. But I love my Hardinges all the same.