I'll start with the wheels. I have a Babe,
an Ashford Traditional,
and a Louet.
I purchased all of them used over the Internet. The Babe was first. This one is a production wheel, and yes indeed that is PVC. It is lightweight, very hardy, and relatively inexpensive. When I first started, I had no idea if I would like spinning or be any good at it. I didn't want to spend a lot on something I hated!
Turns out, I liked it. So when I stumbled on an ad for the Louet, I jumped on it. It is, like the Babe, a bobbin-lead wheel, so I thought that would be a good transition. I love this wheel. Right now I do all of my spinning on it. It is an upright, Castle-style wheel, so it takes up less space in the living room.
The Ashford is probably what most people think of when they think of a spinning wheel out of the fairy tales. To be honest, I don't like it very much. It could be that I haven't used it enough to get used to the different tensioning system, because I know some people swear by them.
Anyway, those are my wheels. I'll answer any questions anybody may have, but right now that's all I got. A friend is bringing over a lamb for me to shear. I've never shorn a sheep before, so this could be interesting!