Darkrooms are expensive because of the room it takes up and not the equipment. I started planning to develop black & white film, scanning, ink jet printing. I did not like the ink jet prints and the cost of the ink. With the encouragement here I set up a darkroom and expanded from 35mm to 35mm, 120 and 4"x5" black & white and color.
That is my story and I am sticking to it!