Michael Howard , Nov 21, 2008; 11:17 a.m.
Are you talking b/w, or color also? If just b/w, you should really consider developing the film yourself as well. It is inexpensive and simple, and gives you much greater control over the end product. Printing the negs is the more complicated part of the process. It is not a bad time to get into, though, considering the equipment is now pennies on the dollar used. I suggest going to the local library and perusing the books on photography and darkroom techniques, this should give you a good basic grounding, and most books have good lists of items you will need and basic processes. One book you should look for, is The Amatuer Photographer's Handbook, by Aaron Sussman. This is an older book which is great for those who want to get their hands wet. I've read it aboout a million times.
As far as enlargers go, I would recommend a Beseler 23C, being very common, well built, cheap, and easy to use. Others I'm sure will mention Omega or other brands, and they are just as good. One thing to consider on an enlarger is what film sizes you will be using, 35mm, 6x6, 6x7, large format, etc. The 23C will handle up to 6x7.