I am just starting out on the Bass and picked up a new Yamaha RBX-270 after doing some research and "liking" the feel of the instrument. Looking to play metal, rock and perhaps some jazz. My question right now is what is a good bass amp for under $500? I am strictly a beginner but have some knowledge of the bass. Who knows, maybe I will actually get decent at it! Before I get into any playing questions, I would like to get the equipment in place first. I have looked at the following: SWR LA series Fender Bassman series Crate (I really don't like their stuff) Hartke Kickback series Aquilar I would love to hear all of your thoughts on these (and any others I might have missed) and perhaps you could guide me in the right direction. My coworkers are all guitarists and not much help. So, if you had a $500 Xmas gift and needed a bass, what would be your choice and why. Thanks in advance!