I have used a icom 2020 i think it was, and a kenwood 711 and 811 ( 2 meter and 440 10 watts)but here is my reccommendation.
Save your pennies and buy a yaesu ft - 847 or a kenwood ts 2000. The yaesu does 160 to 10 meters and 6 meters at 100 watts and 2 meter and 440 at 50 watts.
This does am, fm, ssb, and cw on all bands. The ts 2000 does the same and more but I think adds vox and autotune. The FT 847 is around $1200 plus tax and the ts 2000 is I think about $300 or $400 more.
I have the ft - 847 and I love it. I have had 20 or 30 different old and new rigs hf and uhf/vhf and probably 40 HT's both single and multi band.
I think If I bought the Ft - 847 first I would not have bought the rest of this stuff (or at least a lot of it). You can use the ft-847 for cw and ssb on two meters and 440, and push one button and you get true dual band satalite operation where you can hear your self talk on the satalite. And full 6 meter capability too!
I love it and it has a super reciever, it hears better than my kenwood 570 d, or my icom 730, and much better than my kenwood 820s.
I know it is a bit expensive but it replaces your 2 meter and 440 mhz fm rigs, plus the above mentioned ts 711 and ts 811's ( for ssb and cw)and then you still need to buy an amp for both of them as they only put out 10 watts, and you also get a really good all band 6 meter rig in the process. Then when you get your general ( if you don't all ready have it) you have a 100 watt hf rig already on board, and you can use it right now to listen to code to up your speed.
Also you don't end up buying 3 or 4 coax switches to change rigs and antennas which save you a couple bucks and you only need 1 power supply of the 20 to 30 amp variety. Speaking of antennas you can set up an arrow 2 meter - 440 on 2 cheep rat shack rotors ( one az one el) and use it to follow the LEO satalites, and some wire dipoles for the hf and 6 meter bands or roll your own uhf/vhf antennas.
You can also use this with a couple of horizontaly moounted 4 element 2 meter beams ( on the middle of the Azimuth rotor below the elevation rotor on the satalite setup.) and do the ssb work on 2 meters easily, unless you want to put up a really big array for EME work.
The ft 847 has lots of knobs and buttons and is very easy and intutive to operate. You can get almost the same thing from an Icom 706 mark whatever or a Yaesu FT 100 D BUT even though you could probably buy both of those rigs new for the price of the ft-847, you are stuck with multiple menu's, and no knobs. I have owned a 706 and sold it because I didn't like to have to get the book out to figure out how to turn it on. Every thing on both of those rig is menu driven and I think they suck!! The 847 does have a menu but it is for those set and forget items, and almost every function is done from the front panel.
SO spend $300 for a 2 meter ssb rig then $300 for a 440 ssb rig, then $100 for a 2 meter fm rig and $150 for a 440 fm rig, then another $500 or so for a HF rig, then $100 to $200 for amps for the uhf vhf stuff andanother hundred or so for several power supplies and wow , ya could have bought an FT 847.. go to your local radio store and check this baby out it is that good. and Your WIFE will like the FT 847 too as it is one rig setting on the table as opposed to a tremendous pile of equipment the other way, slap your lap to next to this and run PSK 31 and other digital modes. This one baby does it all, I guess you can tell I like it...
73 tom N6AJR