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The AR is a must. Tom is the real deal and his products are made in the USA. I have had an egg for a long time but just bought the AR -- should have done it years ago... here is one of my previous reviews on the AR. http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/comment/1302993/#Comment_1302993
I look for cast iron on craigslist. Sometimes you can get a great deal.
I also just bought a Paella pan - never had it before but cooked some up last weekend -- it was awesome.
CGS has a package deal for about $200. Sounds pricey but its well built and works for what I needed. Plus Tom (the owner) is very helpful and his product is made in the USA.