These are some of the finest amateur radio transceivers ever made. I doubt many of the modern rigs will be around as long as these have nor will the modern ones perform as well when they reach 20 to 30 years of age.
The radio is easy to use and very intuitive to operate. I have been around tube final since high school and commercial broadcasting so tuning is a no-brainer, and it can be for any one. Some operators are afraid of tuning a radio. Kenwood has a step by step set-up in the manual and from there is is just tune and load.
Transmit reports are always good depending on conditions and the receive audio on this radio is excellent. The radio has many features including I.F. shift and a notch filter.
My radio has all the filters installed and came with an MC-50 microphone and desk stand.
The only things I do not like are the cheap 18-2 zip cord power cord that cannot be removed and there is no a.m. mode. I would not hesitate to recommend one of these to anyone who wants to get on the H.F. bands.