I have to agree...I picked up an HW-16 and VFO just to relive my original Novice operating days. Now that I've done that I must say it sits on a shelf. I think the reason is largely due to the features of more current hardware. I have never purchased a vintage car just to relive my early days of driving but I can understand car buffs who do. Dave's comparison of orginal price and equivalent value in todays dollars is interesting. I wonder if one looked at what is available in recent technology for the same current dollar number and compared the functionality to the original Heathkits it would be a losing battle for the Heathkits. Technology marches onward. I'm afraid I like most of the recent technology.