I'm in agreement for Tri-X. When T films came out I switched to them for commercial work because the 400-speed film was equal to Plus-X in terms of quality, but for my own work I stuck with Tri-X. The T films are very fussy about development--don't pay attention, and they're off the map into yucko territory. Right now I'm messing around with Tri-X + Rodinal + stand development, and love the inattention I can bring to the task. That's what I'd recommend now to anyone who's just getting into film. Combine that with Ilford's new (to me) washing program, and I'm in hog heaven!
A bottle of Rodinal, a tank and reels, and a syringe to measure the developer, plus some fix and a clock with an hour hand. I like that.