Don't know a thing about the radio, but I'm lovin' that Astron.
Good luck on your General... you're gonna love your new privileges
My first HF station was a Hammerlund HQ-170 receiver and a Viking 2 transmitter fed into a 15 meter dipole in my attic. I "upgraded"to a Hallicrafters HT-46 transmitter some months later.Regardless of anything you will always have a fondness for your first radio. I wish I still had mine. Good luck!
Oldschool-Hams Helping Hams
Ronald G. DeAngelis KA2CDT
Marco Island,Florida 34145