I too just bought my first tandem. I am a much stronger rider than my wife, so my hope is that with the tandem we will be able to do longer rides, and stick closer together.
The bike that I picked up is an older bike, but is in very good condition, and built with good quality components - it is a Schwinn Paramount, it has Phil hubs front and rear, Mafac cantilever brakes, and mostly Campy running gear - 7 speed with a triple chainring. The bike has non indexed, bar end shifters, which is what I run on 2 of my 3 single bikes.
My request for this group is suggestions on what types of rides we should be thinking about for getting used to riding this beast.