I don't get it either. I'm not a Heathkit collector but I can tell you that I have worked hundreds of Heath rigs over the years on CW and SSB, even AM. I have never heard one that didn't sound good. Sometime in the 80's, when I was living in Florida, I used to work a Catholic priest who was stationed in Ecuador on 20M SSB, I don't remember his call. He ran a HW-101 and it always sounded great, I just don't get the hate, I bet a million hams owe their first contacts to Heathkit, either on their end, or the other.