Homelite 150. Trim, well balanced, good power, 16" bar. I learned on one and still have that same saw. Had a friend with an old midsize Husky. Didn't like the balance, but the power was nice.
I've got an 066 coming in a week or two, going to replace the 36" bar it's got with a 20", 24" max, and save the 36" for silly tree felling (got a hickory to take down that would qualify, as well as a sycamore right next to it) Have another 36" bar for a mill attachment. But I will test your theory. The power will sure be nice. Power Rules!!!
BTW, someone had to try to "one-up" me. So, if your are an "addict", how many old saws do you have? I'm up to 5. A 12" Sears, two Homelites (Super XL, and 150), an old Wards (I guess it was built by Remington), and now the 066.
Now it's time to "fess up".