I need to purchase a bass amp and since I can't remember the last time I had to buy an amp (I have been playing through a POD), I'm very confused by all the options out there. I am currently only a home studio musician. I usually play my guitars through a POD X3 which go through my 8 inch Event studio monitors. Now that I am seriously getting back into playing bass, this setup is just not working. I find that the POD models for bass do not do much for me...not to mention my little 8 inch monitors are not handling the the bass sound well at all (especially from the low B). Plus, I just don't want to ruin them... I've been looking at different heads and cabs because I figure I can easily change one or the other out later down the line and even thought I don't gig now, that could always change in the future. So far, I have been interested in a used Hartke 5500 head and a Peavey Firebass 700 (both $380). Is there one of those that you guys recommend over the other? The Hartke was made in Korea while the Peavey was made in the USA...should that make any difference? I played through one of those Line 6 bass combos and while I though it was rather nice, the only "model" I'd ever use was the "clean" one which I found out is based on a SWR amp. I was wondering if I should be looking at their stuff. Does anyone have any recommendations? I saw a used SM-500 for sale at a store for $699. Is that too expensive? I just want to make sure to get something that I won't want to change out too soon and also something that I could gig with if the opportunity arrived. One of my definite needs is a direct out for recording. Sorry for all the questions...I didn't realize how much stuff is out there and how hard it would be to make a decision. If there is anything else out there that you guys recommend, please let me know. I want to keep this setup to $1000 or under. Also, I like clean sounding bass and my main bass is a Pedulla ThunderBolt 6 string. I play with my fingers (no pick) and love tapping and some slap. Thanks!!