Just Hoping on Some Suggestions for booms, stands, soft-boxes (for speed lights) and other bits like sync cables and cheaper solutions to lighting effectors.
what are you using?
I've gotten Photflex and Chimera softboxes.... I wont ever get another Photoflex though. They use a PVC interior coating that deteriorates. My very old Chimera banks are still going strong.... Photoflex... has yellowed a bit, so I restrict them to monochrome use.
I'm using Matthews Beefy Baby stands. They make some nice booms too. If you can swing it financially, you want a big yoke, heavy stand for a boom. Small stands like the BB are just fine for non boom use. Can't have enough MatthClamps.
I started with PCBuff White Lightning Ultras, and have been picking them up used ever since. Still going strong, with occasional tube replacements. They do take a funky modeling light, not too bright, but you can sub in household bulbs if the pattern is not super critical (such as umbrella or box use).
I've used 36x48 boxes a lot, but am also using some 60" umbrellas, and some Matthews silks. Shooting thru a silk or double silk is very flattering. I can set up two 60x60 silks about six inches apart from each other, and put a monolight behind it about six feet. You get a huge wall of light that is very soft. Then you can single silk a smaller frame say... 48 square and use that with another light as a main light.
There's no end to stuff. Get a Matthews catalog and you'll get some ideas.