This seems to be more of a Mamiya thread, but I toss my two cents in...

I was at the same juncture about a year ago; wanted to play with MF but was too cheap/couldn't afford the Mamiya/Bronica/Hassy slrs...

I got some good advice from other APUGers (as usual) and started trolling ebay for a Yashica tlr. To make a long story short, I wound up with a "124G" and a "D" and love them both. They're easy to use, take snappy photos and most of all, they were CHEAP!

The problem now is that I like the photos so much that I want an slr too (a little folder would be kinda fun, too)...and the Mrs. won't let me go near that subject unless I'm willing to unload at least one of the tlrs...and and one of my 35's! And that's just not happening.

The point is: If you're not sure if MF is for you, go with the cheapest option. If you're pretty certain that you'll stay with MF, then go for the best that you can afford...