Greetings fellow bassists, I'm about to embark on my first "serious" bass amp and I'd like some experienced opinions/advice on whether I should buy a brand spanking new amp or a second hand one. I say second hand instead of vintage, because I've noticed on other threads there are slight technicalities over what's classed "vintage" and what's not, I'm referring to 70's/80's solid state. So what's your preference and why? So far, I've heard that whilst new amps are reliable they lack the character and tone of the older (less reliable) ones. Does anyone feel that reliability is worth sacrificing for tone? Or even better, can anyone suggest an amp which strikes a good balance? I'll be playing mostly medium sized venues and I don't want to spend any more than £700. I'm willing to let my ears do the testing, but hearing your experiences will be more than helpful.