For learning to key Morse, is it better to start with a straight key or should I use a paddle/keyer if that is where most people ultimately land? Opinions?
It is easy to use a straight key - you are just tapping, and you can practice without they key.
For most people, usefull up to 25/35 wpm excepting this bloke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPsgEdmlUf0
Up and down isn't as easy a hand motion as side to side though . . .
You will probably find side to side single keys without electronics are quicker and easier than straight keys,
but more effort than double paddles with an electronic keyer.
Side-winders are easier to make up yourself though . . .
Paddles with an electronic keyer need less physical effort, particularly as you get faster - but you need to practice a bit to get used to them, so it's oft
en easier and cheaper to start with something else . . .