The 'BUG' - music to the ears.. (old phart voice inflection starts here) "when I was first introduced to CW you were taught 'Learn to send it RIGHT before you send it FAST!'. They taught me to hold the straight key correctly and get the rhythm down. As I did.. my speed naturally progressed. I wasn't always clean-sounding, but I my mentors (old CW pros) thought it was acceptable, and that was good enough for me to continue trying. Later, I got a 'bug'. Again the admonition. 'LEARN TO SEND IT RIGHT BEFORE YOU SEND IT FAST!'. I practiced and got competent enough to have my mentor tell me 'I'd copy your fist. No problem!'. On to the air I went. Once over the nervousness, the fun began. I began to recognize other 'bug' fists AND had folks recognize me. Even in the middle of a Q, some of them would send a short 'HI CR!' (my shorthand sign) without having copied who I was. Fun! (OLD PHART VOICE OFF. NORMAL VOICE ON) I went into the commercial CW biz (Merchant Marine both ship and shore side.) EVERY ONE used a bug. You weren't considered a 'pro' unless you could use a 'bug' AND the old reliable straight key. A 'fist' was something discussed as was the varying opinions on proper adjustments, proper weighting, andthe like. Trust me! It was as heated a debate then as the currently debated topics are now. Bug vs straight key. Bug vs keyer. keying weighting vs 3:1 ratio. etc..etc.. If the Internet had been around then, you'd have had as much raging controversy as we do now, here on QRZ. But.. through it all. the sound of a well-manipulated bug -even with a swing, or a weighted ratio, or a gentlevariation on the perfect 3:1, is fun to listen to and most pleasant. 73 Chuck K3FT Still have my trusty two Vibroplexs. ANd yes, evenafter a keyer for many years... I can still swing them like I used to.. Sigh..