OK, well Ive been PLaying bass guitar for a couple of years now. I started with the Pbass and a 15 watt amp. Then I moved to A 100 watt frontman and I bought a Esp Ltd 254 Viper Bass. Now Im looking to upgrade again. My problem is Money, which is mostly everone's unless you are very succesful and rich. I play about every weekend with my friend who plays guitar on a Peavy amp which is huge and like 400 watts with a XLL head, or something like that. And our drummer has one of those exspensive electronic drumsets but he just bought a huge PA system for it i have not seen yet. So im still stuck here with my gear looking to upgrade. My friend the guitarist wants me to buy a 5 string which i would like to get, but I would also like to get a larger more wattage better sounding amp. I was moving towards the 500 watt range which i think would be all i need for a long time if i wanted to play some gigs if we were to get a singer which is still in the works. Now he's always saying get the bass but I know the Low B string On A 5 string bass sounds different on each amp and its quality. Now I was thinking to go with an Ampeg 4x10 HLF with a 450 watt head and right now my budget is around 1000 which is harsh for me.Or should i find a cheaper set up thats around 450-500 watts that will be good for some small indoor stage playing and buy a cheap 5 string. Im not sure what to do. Im leaning towards the Amp but im not sure If i should get the 5 string plus its only used in a couple of other bands songs we play.This will most likely be one of my last purchases unless we hit it big and start making money from it, so i would really like the amp because it will prodce the sound i need and would just use the two basses i have now. I would just like anyone's input on this. Thanks Alot for anyones help!!