You might want to find a club or an art school with darkrooms before trying to setup one of your own. Or - depending on where you are, one of APUG member may be able to show you his/hers. If you are in Central Florida, you are welcome to come see mine.
And if you post your location, you might get other offers. If you're near SW PA, I'd be happy to show you the basics. I also like the Beseler 23C, and you can frequently find them on Craigslist in the US.