Folks, I am an aspiring bass player at 55.....played trumpet in band in school, did very well on that instrument....I come from a musical family. For years I have lusted after 6 string guitar gear but for the most part it has been amps/cabinets. So over the year, I have collected LOTS of very nice vintage guitar amps (Marshall, Fender, Ampeg etc) but my guitars are mainly nice Japan and nicer copy types except for my 65 SG Special...which leads me to this concerning bass gear......... I tend to come from the school of a higher end very good amp/speaker combo is more important than higher end basses. AM I WRONG? Have I just not spent enough time with 1 particular bass to appreciate a higher end bass, rather than my assortment of USA Peavey & nice Japan basses all bought used for under $250? My main practice amp is a 1997 David Eden Metro 2x10,,,,COMPLETE overkill to practice with, yet I could never part with this amp even if it never leaves the house and I lust after a vintage SVT/8x10 even if it never leaves the house ( I have a big house compared to some). Is it because I find FAR more nice basses under say $500 used than amp speaker combos and I rarely if ever look at $1000 used basses? Something tells me I have NOT spent enough time with 1 particular bass to really bond with it. How do I lose this obsession with owning 8 to 10 sub used $300 basses and focus on just 1 or 2 basses that are of very high quality? I cant stand the thought of parting with ANY of my cheaper basses but I may have to because selling my house and relocating to a warmer area means I will have to downsize. To me I need a 400 watt minimum to practice with.....some people think I am absolutely NUTS for insisting on a 450 watt amp like my Metro to practice with.....I already see myself looking at 1500 watt amps and high end smaller cabinets to possibly gig with down the road and that is complete overkill. Yet I don't seem to ever think about high end basses like so many accomplished bassists...you know USA Fenders, all of the boutiques etc. What say you folks?