Theres a lot of hatred or indifference to the retail business on this board...esp the big stores. But supposing it was all up to YOU...with a small store that sells ONLY NEW instruments and amps. Every day, a couple walks in shopping for their 14 year old son, who wants to play bass. What do you recommend... 1. An expensive bass and amp...because the kid needs inspiration, and will be frustrated by sub-par tone and quality. 2. A cheap bass and amp...because theres no point in better gear until the kid proves he's truly committed. 3. An expensive bass but no amp...the kid can play it acoustically until he's good enough for amplification. 4. Recommend that the kid get a hearing test for pitch sensitivity...because there's a minimum of inherent talent required to develop any skill.