Well Rick, what do you think? Do you think 20 years of advancements brought the FT-950 up to the FT-1000? If it did, which it really should have, then the 950 must be a hell of a bargain for $1300 US.
Well Joe I have never operated a FT-1000. However that must be a very good rig when you consider the selling price of them after all these years on the market.
I am happy with my FT-950. I will say this about the FT-9000 when compared to the FT-5000. I talked to a guy in CA one day on 17 M SSB. He was using a FTDX-5000. He had owned a FT-9000 and told me the 5000 was a far superior rig. Remember that the 9000 is older technology when compared to the 5000.
For what you pay for the FT-950 it is a pretty good radio. You can go join the Yahoo FT-950 group and ask all the questions you might have about the rig.