Here's a familiar story: I'm setting up a small studio in big spare room, and getting into strobes for the first time. I'd like to avoid the 'tripod experience' that we've all had (buy cheap, break; buy better, find unsatisfying; buy Gitzo). With strobes, I'd rather just get something good enough and tough enough to start with.
That said, I can't afford both good AND new, so I'm probably going to be looking for some good second hand units. I'm seeing lots of budget strobes, a few way out of my price range, and somewhere closer to my budget I'm finding Alien Bees.
Anyone out there who's already done the cheap stuff, and now settled on something they like? Any advice is welcome.