hi there


sorry to hear your stuff was stolen.

kind of piggybacking on what jp498 suggested ...
you might also check out online-stuff by classic portraitist joe zeltsman
http://blog.kitfphoto.com/Zeltsman/
not sure how classic you want to get ...

i have some inexpensive monolights and softboxes i have cobbled together over the years
as well as lowel lights ... but to be honest i would get rid of them all if given the chance
( and i had the money ! ) and get a few smith victor lights. they ARE hot lights, not strobes ...
sometimes it is much easier to see what you are doing with lights that are on all the time than it is with strobes
and sometimes the look of the image is a little different with hot rather than stroboscopic ...

good luck !
john