I am ripvanham. I have used this as my moniker although I probably shouldn't as I have read many a post of those who are the same. I think it is a meme! (One of my newer fav words.) My career is as a tech geek and so my interests. Check my zed page. Or so I thought. Long story short, I'm thinkin' retro to gettin' a bug. Little background, I am a sentimental dufus. The guy that taught me code long ago used a bug up to 40 wpm, probably more. How did they know? He was blind & I now wonder about braille punches per minute as he took notes. Then, as a snot nosed kid, he did not impress me as I had known him for quite a long while. Copying code in his head AND telling me what was said in real time, I thought normal! Sadly he is sk. Because I think of him often and I like to do things that are not popular ... I want a bug. But, I personally would rather not go thru a buy/sell cycle. That could be called lazy, but I think at this late date of mechanical tech there ought to be a lot of still living experienced hams out there. Can I read about your experiences & thoughts? My speed is ~30wpm with a paddle and planning for more. Bug users, what brand & model do you like? Why? What features do you not like? Do you think you are proficient with this thing that sounds like a coke can with rocks in it? What is a very high speed for a bug?