I have decided, after a few weeks of research (not enough I know, but I am impulsive) on the Louet S10 for my first wheel. I found a used one which is being shipped from overseas and should arrive in about 6 weeks. That will give me time to a) recover from the back surgery I have scheduled for 2/1 and b) amass enough roving to have plenty to play with. I am very excited about this. I have tried drop spindles, which I really enjoy, but I don't like the stop/start aspect of them. So, here's what it looks like. The hole in the wheel is so that it will stop when I stop, and this model is purported to be a good beginner's wheel (and I am certainly that).
Wish me luck!