Milt. Teh "dummy-proof model would be the MEC 600 JR. But you'll grow out of that shortly. Those are available used for under $100. Go for that. And then when you got the basics down pat, move on to a reliable progressive. MEC Grabber would be a good next step. In your case buy a used 600, and when you are ready andknow what you want watch for a used model of what you are looking for.