My first bass is on its way! It's an all maple 1984 Peavey Fury. The singer in our band is sure that I'll be able to play it direct through our PA (is this true?). However, even if I can, I'll need a small combo amp for practicing at home. I'm wondering which of the 20-30W solid state combo amps (say up to $200) are recommended these days. I checked-out the usual suspects today (Fender, Ampeg, Peavey, Acoustic, & Hartke) on-line, and they all seemed like decent amps. I'll go to my local GC when the bass arrives to test drive a few, but I'm wondering if there are any clear favorites out there? Also, I've always believed that a 12" speaker is pretty much a "must have" for a bass combo amp, even at low wattage. How do others feel about this? Thanks!