First of all, I apologize if this thread doesn't fit in the Bass section, but I couldn't find any better. This is my situation: I've been playing bass for about a year and a half, and I'm currently playing on a band. So far I've had no trouble with my gear, though it is rather poor. I can't complain. It is a beginner starting set I bought in Thomann: http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbpbset1_ebassset.htm The problem is, the bass is really bad, and with time, I feel like it's getting worse, maybe because I haven't paid it much attention. Also, the amplifier's got just 20W and I'm on pain to hit the strings hard enough to compete against two guitars, both with pretty good amplifiers, (60W and 130W) and drums. I'm currently playing it with everything maxed out (volume, mid and high). Now I don't know what to do. Should I first get a new bass to play more comfortably? Or should I get a better amplifier? I want to know what is the big deal on getting a new bass (is really an expensive bass that good?), and which amplifier should I get, if I should get a new one. I'm willing to spend around 200-300 on either a bass or an amp. I don't expect a pro-godlike bass or amplifier, just something I can rely on when I gig. And finally, would having a good bass and a bad amp mess it up? Or either way? Should I instead get both? I'll be glad to hear your advice. Thanks in advance!