First post, great forum Anyways, I've been playing for about two and a half years, and recently got my first "real" bass, an SR4. Love it to death, so the instrument isnt my problem. Before and after I got the bass, my Crate MXB50 amp presented itself to be a problem in band situations (mainly in volume; i can barely hear myself over the drums, and they're not that loud) and recently, I've noticed I can do alot better with tone as well. I've read on this forum about combos far better than mine for about the same price, but I just received the Musicians Friend catalog in the mail and saw a GK half stack for under $500. That's pretty much my price range, as I am not a gigging bassist (although not opposed to it, just can't find a band) and have no real need to blow the doors off of my bedroom, literally and metaphorically. So my question is, would it be worth it to get a "rig" (specifically the GK, unless there's anything else below $500 out there), or just a nice combo? I figure 100W would be fine for getting myself heard, and i don't want to be held back by my lousy Crate if the need arises for a band situation. Thanks in advance P.S. Before I get flamed for buying a Crate, it was GC's fault. I asked what I would need to be heard, and sound good and apparently it was a perfect match. :scowl: I'm never making an uninformed decision again.