I am in a heavy/prog. metal band and I need something thtwill put out heavy tones and cut through the mix of two distorted guitars and a drummer. After looking at some of my options i don't know here to go from here. I can afford either a dinky 300w (proably max) combo or a bigger 500w+ cab but Iwould have to wait on a head since I will only have round $350-$400 in december but more as feb and mrch come around. We are i the practicing stages right now but we are ooking to move up tos mall/medium sized gis so I wi need someting pretty decent. I will be playing a 5-string bass probably in drop C but I don't know which bass I will be using yet, so i hope that little bit of info helps. i have looked around but most of the stuff people recommend seems to be out of my price range right now. i will have to put out at least $300-$800+ on a new decent ass and possibly some pups, preamp and strings. That will also be in feb.-march. Transportion is also a factor as it cannot be so large as not to fit in a sedan. that is m only real ride so something big enough to fit in the trunk or back seat will have to do. So what are my better options? Buy a combo or buy a decent cab and sav for a nice head when I get more money? Will the cab be of any use to me without a head, because I only have some small jank amps that ren't nearly loud enough. they barely work for practice right now. I really need to upgrade. Btw when next year comes I will have steady income so I can save fr some decent gear i just need something that will suffice for at least practice until I can save for more. So how should i go about this?