Hey all, Stone cold bass n00b here. I have been reading and researching here and all over the WWW in preparing to buy my first bass and amp to start learning to play. I have learned a lot but am now down to decision time and need some specific advice. I have been to many music stores and played around with a lot of different models but of course being totally new, I suck at evaluating what I am seeing. I have a pretty small budget to work with here, about 300USD. So far I like the Squier affinity p-bass for it's deep sound and the wide neck at the nut. I am a big guy with XL hands and it feels a lot more comfortable than the smaller j-bass neck, even tho the j-bass seems more versatile with the two pups. I also like the feel of of the body on the Yamaha RBX170 and the Ibanez GSR200 lines, but not so much the thin necks. Here are the options I have come up with locally buying used where I can to get more bang for my buck. Squier Affinity P-Bass - Used VGC $120 Squier J-Bass MIM - Used GC $150 Peavey Foundation S - Pawn shop special $50 Yamaha RBX170 - New $179 Ibanez GSR200 - New $179 Fender Rumble 15 v1 - used $45 Peavey Basic 50 - used $60 Fender Bronco 40 - new $220 Behringer VBass V-Amp for $75 I do like the Bronco 40 amp modeling effects or the V-Amp as I feel they allow added fun factor to keep interest up and increase my chances of sticking with it. Peavey has a paint chips and dings and needs strings but is only $50 bucks, maybe less if they take an offer. Have not fired it up yet, would only buy if electronics are intact. I will be playing only at home as I do not know any musicians so no need for power to play in a band. This is just for me and to jam with my daughter who is a beginning guitarist at home. If playing bass sticks, and I am doing everything I can to try to set myself up for success to make sure it does, I have no problem upgrading gear in a few months. I am concerned about the smaller necked basses as I have some occasional arthritis flareups in my hands and they feel a little cramped down by the head. However I hear a thin narrow neck play faster and have better range of motion than wide /shrug. Other concerns is the Peavey Foundation S. Am I getting into a potential nightmare trying to bring this thing back to life as a n00b? I am technically inclined and like the idea of refinishing / restoring it but am trying to be realistic as well. Suggestions on the above? Looking to play mostly 80's rock and some slap n pop funk eventually. Thanks and sorry for the mini novel.