Well after a long break, much deciding and then finding an SSB-1 local to me, I got it along with two antenna and enough books to keep me going for a few years.
Now all I have to do is get it up and running, I think it needs drivers or something but have some CD's that came with it so plenty to think about setting this up.
Thanks very much for the advice you all gave above, much appreciated and no doubt I will soon be asking for advice very soon