After posting a question on reddit, searching the Adorama and Calumet photography supply sites, and reading several forums and reviews, including a great article on Strobist, I've landed on an AlienBees setup.
Before getting into the proposed setup, I'd like to address a common question I've been asked: "what do I want to use these lights for?" I'd like to use them for a small home-studio setup, primarily for portraits; I'd like it somewhat portable, since I don't have a lot of room in my house (I'd have to accommodate, then teardown), and on occasion I'd like to take the setup elsewhere. Eventually, I'd also like to use them outdoors (using a power-pack or really long extension cord) for outdoor portraits.
So far, I've come up with this:
I decided only one would be necessary at the moment. I'd like to eventually get a softbox, too.
From my understanding, I should be able to use my speedlite with this adapter, and use the other AlienBees strobe via the optical trigger.
The total for all of these:
Before I make this large of a purchase, I would love some feedback. Please feel free to leave a comment, or contact me directly.