1) I would go with a brand new Bug, I have owned my share of old ones but now I am down to just one. That one I purchased new. 2) If you belong to a club find the CW operators and your bound to find someone who uses a bug. Hopefully they know how to properly use one and if they do ask them if they would help you get started. Bad habits learned from the start are harder to correct as time passes so learn from someone who knows what they are doing.