Hi. So I'm looking to buy a bass amp. I'm in a band and we have a gig. It's our first gig, and all this is a completely new experience to me. There's a PA there, but is that the usual thing? I've looked here and elsewhere for info and I've decided to make this topic. I will continue to look here and elsewhere afterwards. Firstly, from what I've seen so far 300w seems to be the minimum for gigging purposes. I'm leaning on the side of a stack. It seems more versatile to me. But is it overkill for the time being? We're just starting out. My budget is about 500euro (XE - Universal Currency Converter) and I'm seeing things within my budget. I'll probably be going the second hand route. If I go for a combo I can probably get something @300w for about 300euro new. But I dunno.. I still just feel my other option is more versatile. Secondly, the actual amps. I'll give a list of things I've seen. Most of these are second hand. If it's new, I'm using: Welcome - Thomann UK Cyberstore. If anyone has any feedback/recommendations, fire away. Combos: >Trace Elliott 712 (150w). This has a built in DI. That's for a PA right? Someone recommended just to get a good DI, but I dunno. I need an amp. Cost: 250euro. Used. >Marshall MB150(or MB60 more likely). Comes with pedal. Cost: 250euro. Used. >Behringer BX4210A (450w). Cost: 260euro. >Ashdown T15-250s (250w) Cost: 285euro. Stacks: >Hartke HA 3500 and VX 410. http://tinyurl.com/6t6wswf. Cost: 500euro. >Peavey Nitrobass head with TVX4x10 & TVX2x10. http://www.adverts.ie/1267752. Cost: 550euro. >I also have the options of mixing and matching stuff. There's head and cabs for sale and there's stuff in my budget too! Lastly, just general stuff. I'm completely new to this whole thing. There's two guitarists and a drummer who plays pretty hard. The guitarists are using a 70w amp and a 30w amp. If we're going to be gigging, how long will that last for? I'm looking at this in the long term. I'll probably have to upgrade in about a year/2years if I'm serious about music, which I am. It's seems better to be looking at what I need, than looking for it. I don't know how often gigs come up and stuff. Anyone else in this kind of situation before. Also I started off playing guitar. I kinda drifted away from it, but have an interest in going back to it. Now I know I'll be able to play a guitar through a bass amp no problem, but will the sound be as good. I got a recommendation to get a preamp, and it will sound good. So I think that's it. Thanks for your time.