Been brewing on an off for about 5 years or so with a basic True Brew kit. We recently added a glass carboy, but that's about it for now. The Papazian book has been a huge help and the Marzen was the best batch, so far.
"Look, let me explain something to you. I'm not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. That or His Dudeness... Duder... or El Duderino, if, you know, you're not into the whole brevity thing." -The Dude