Which microcontrollers to you recomend? Which are best for beginers ( and the bank:-)? Thanks for the help.
No, because they are only circuit with name. Atmega8 on Arduino is MCU, not Arduino.
...and now I think you should go with vacuume tubes. Keep it old-school, yo.
I got a good night's sleep and pondered this again...
I'm back to Picaxe. Arduino sucks.
Picaxe sucks --Go with Arduino.
Take a look: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/80
The arduino software is much better now...