Originally Posted by MX5J6
Thanks for the replies and advice so far. I will look into renting and see what happens there, if I do buy one though, I am really liking the Estle Louis Laminated from Gollihur and the Bass Max. It wouldn't be terribly expensive and it seems like a good choice? Thoughts?
You might also want to look into an EUB if shape isn't too important to you. it'll definitely perform at high volumes such as you'd find in a prog-metal band, and will also play nice with pedals (not that a DB wouldn't necessarily, though some pedals would play nicer than others).
Aside from that, Blast cult is what you're looking for in terms of volume friendliness. They may not be cheap, but that's because they're designed with volume in mind.
that's my $0.02. take it or leave it as you please, and good luck on your journey!