Greetings, I'm still a young nut in this hobby generally speaking. The longer that I have been involved the more I have wanted to build a modest am station for 80/40m use. I have an 80m skyloop that is just begging for some AM useage. I have experimented a little in using my ft950's am mode along with my als-600. It's just 250w and I realize its not "true" AM. I have contemplated building a class E transmitter, and I have considered purchasing some heavy iron that needs some love. So far what I have found available for purchase has been at a premium. Justifiably so given the condition of the equipment. None the less out of my price range making it prohibitive. For those of you in the know my question is this: Should I build a simple heavy iron AM station from scratch? Should I build a class E station from scratch? Is there a such thing in this day and age as an "affordable" starter AM station? (I realize the word affordable is quite subjective, and in the end you always get what you pay for, but for a moment please suspend the need to say something overly smartass in response.) I am open to any suggestions that are helpful at this point. I'd rather move forward with some guidance from the old pros than learn the hard way all by myself.