You'll do fine with those to learn on. Yamaha and Ampeg are good brands. When you DO need your own amp to play with a band, you'll want something more powerful than the BA-108, and chances are you'll eventually want to upgrade the bass as well, but this is a good starting point. Likewise, stock strings are fine to learn on. Once you start trying to create a specific tone, or just once they wear out, you'll have time to try something more specific. Welcome to bass world!
Originally Posted by pacojas
because of your post, i have just quit my band!
the truth is liberating!
infact,... i think i'm about to leave my wife!!!
and move to Canada!!!! and buy a boat!!!!!