I've $1000 (usd), possiblely more, to spend on a bass and amp, not much but something. Anyhow I don't want you to tell me what to buy, I have ears. That said, I will ask which gear do you think I should look into. So? Basses, amps and such. I'm likely to try and find something used, to cut the price down. I'm looking for either a 4 or 5 string fretted bass, to play mostly Jazz, Rock, Punk and maybe some experimental stuff. I play finger style, but I do plan to slap and use a pick evenly. I've played the BTB 400QM a while back, and the MTD Kingston, I liked both, but I don't want to narrow my options by being biased. As for amps, I'm looking for a simple but practical combo, maybe in the 12 variety so that I can have more to invest in a bass. I've no need for special built in effects and emulators at the moment. Anyhow thanks for advice.