I bought a cheap Japanese Semi-Acoustic Bass, as I thought it was a good idea at the time! I played it "in anger" the first time I practised with a group! Fortunately I was able to utilize a fairly ancient guitar amp that belonged to the leader of the group as I had no amp of my own (I used a Tape Recorder!). That was early 70's. I soon progressed to a "customised" Futurama 6 String Bass (which I still have). Needs some work as there is a crack near the headstock. I progressed to a Fender Jazz in around 72 I suppose. The group went its separate ways in the mid 70's. We did release an LP on a Christian Record Label in 1973. The keyboard player from the group formed another band in the late 70's. We did a couple of Studio Sessions. I left after a couple of years due to lack of gigs! Since the mid to late 80's I have played in a Church Music Group. My next acquisition was a Yamaha BB400S Fretless (lined... fortunately) in the late 80's. For the last 17 years or so I have been using a Yamaha TRB-6P bought Second-Hand from the Bass Centre in London. I use a Trace-Elliot Combo (15" speaker) which belongs to the Church, though I have a Vox Escort Bass 50 at home if the need arises.