Well Chris, now that you have announced yourself as the new guy, you have to buy everyone lunch. and man can these guys eat. Madonna Mia.
anyhow, welcome to the forum.
to answer your question of tools. I will speak for myself first and I'm sure a few others will jump in with suggestions too.
Strap Tools both new and old can be bought on EBay really easy. They vary from what looks like a knife blade to a forked dental pick. Basically what youhave to do is apply downward pressure on the shoulder of the spring bar to get it to compress. Then it just pops right out. Oh and pop they will! so be careful where you setup because stuff will go flying.
next you need a case knife, crystal lift, lube, etc... just keep searching the forum for info and ask questions when your not sure.
good luck with your collection and repairs. always good to next new members onboard.
oh and about that lunch. Im partial to southern Italian