The phrase "glorious mess" sums up my early D&D experiences, in general, actually.buzz said:1e was a glorious mess.
My group started with Holmes, and added AD&D books that were used as big, wonderful supplements, at first. Then the B/X (Moldvay/Cook) books were thrown into the mix. It wasn't uncommon to see all of these rulebooks (and even OD&D books) in active use around the gaming table. Eventually, my game became mainly AD&D, but still house-ruled and influenced by Holmes and B/X. During the 2E period, I switched over to BECMI (I didn't care for 2E, and for some reason people who balked at 1E were willing to play BECMI). That turned out to be a great thing; it really clarified for me what I found enjoyable about the game.