More than a legend - they were and many are still real performers.
I own two and have owned others that are now in the hands of other appreciative HAMS.
Although there were some with some manufacturing flaws, these transceivers really work and work well..... I rarely have gotten anything but good reports on SSB and CW.
Receiver performance - good sensitivity, good noise rejection and exceptional selectity.
One of the easiest performance rigs to operate.