I chose AM because I was brought up by my grandfather and my father to appreciate and respect a good-sounding signal. Attention to detail throughout the entire design, especially the speech amplifier and modulator driver stages. More than half the fun is getting it to sound good before taking it off the dummy load. AM is here to stay forever. SSB is just a passing fad. By the way, Clark was accurate when he said "AM prevents you from sounding like Mickey Mouse". Shrill and squeaky. It only sounds like Donald Duck if you don't know how to properly tune your receiver. Plastic radios turn me off. Disposable, just like the current economy. Give me heavy metal to hold down the floor in the most severe tornado or hurricane. A stout rack with a harness tied to several terminal strips on the back of each chassis. A thing of beauty it is! Big mod transformers are very sensual, seeming to have a life all their own. Occasionally they will speak to you ever so softly. That's true love! Only on AM!