Nah, even nostalgia ain’t what it used to be!
I started with AM, rockbound on 70cms and later on 2m, that was in 1964-5. No commercial gear for 70cms was available when I started. I had to homebrew a converter, it was the G2DD design, a crystal diode mixer, a crystal oscillator and multipler chain and an IF amp, a tight cluster of valves on a four inch chassis. Once that was working (and it was deaf as a post!) it was time for the TX. An 8 MHz crystal oscillator, a multiplier chain driving a 5763 on 2m then a pair of QQV02-6 tripler and amp. I used Lecher wires to select the third harmonic and the result was just about enough power to light up a torch bulb! Even the antenna was homebrew, a 6/6 skeleton slot yagi made out of brake pipe tubing. I actually got fed up with soldering and modulated the beast with the amp in my tape recorder, and it took me a year to find a coaxial changeover relay so going from receive to transmit and vice versa called for a sudden flurry of activity. After a couple of years getting contacts (yes, it really worked) the first TV transisters became available and it was almost a miracle how an AF139 improved reception. It was needed, you called CQ and tuned from 432 to 434 MHz, looking for long answers from other rockbound hams! SSB and the technology that made it available on V/UHF with VFO control was a revelation, although with the first rigs, the Liner-2 and Liner-430 tuning was hardly plain sailing, but that’s another story!
So yes, I like SSB, you can’t beat having another person talk to you over the air (even with it tuned high to make it cut through the noise better!) but my nostalgia is for AM. I don’t denigrate CW, and I got myself up to ~15 wpm just to say I did it, but for me it lacks flavour. Each to his own!