Here’s a set of pictures of the evolution of my current station:
The picture above was my new station in October 2005 with the used ICOM IC-718 that I picked up at a local hamfest and a Kenwood TR-9000 that I got off of eBay. (Also an AEA MorseMatic from eBay as well.)
Above is my station in about December 2007 with my new Kenwood TS-830S station assembled through multiple transactions on eBay. This was my dream station as a kid.