I played guitar for almost two years before just recently switching over to bass. Jeeeez how I love the bass Soooooo much more than guitar. I bought a new bass and amp to get started and have been taking some lessons. I hope to spend approx. one year developing my technique before I start doing gigs, recordings, or trying to get in a band. Anyway, the amp I bought to get started with was a Line 6 Lowdown 110 studio. Great for the house it seems and sounds pretty good. It's 75 watts and just loud enough that my wife tells me to turn it down, but no way does it have the horsepower to play with a drummer. At some point in the future I'll be ready to get a better amp, one I can grow into and take to jams, rehearsals, or on stage. Can you guys help me out and suggest a good amp to hold me over for a few years...or longer. The bass I bought was G&L Tribute L2000. My favorite music is progressive rock and metal, alternative, and a little funk and fusion. Bands I like are Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, 3, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc. Please suggest. I might be willing to spend 700 to 1200 dollars max. This will have to cover a combo or a head and cab. Also, what are some basic effects I might consider once I'm ready to gig. I'm adapting to the bass fairly rapidly thanx to my time with the guitar, but I still have a lot to lear.