Hi all. I've been lurking here for about two weeks after auditioning for the bass spot in a power pop cover band. The good news is that I got the gig. The BETTER news is that I now get to buy my first "real" bass amp. Living here in NYC is great in that regard. You can own a bass, learn some songs, and audition through the rehearsal space's killer bass stack without having to actually own the gear required! As a converted rock guitarist, I freely admit to playing with a pick. I feel like I have more control with it right now. I'll start converting to fingerstyle as I get more comfortable with our set. My bass is a '98 MIM Precision w/ SD pickup, Badass II, and LaBella flatwounds. I tend to ride the volume and tone controls, much like I do on guitar. Our set consists of covers by The Jam, Buzzcocks, T. Rex, Sloan, Elvis Costello, The Hold Steady, Iggy, and others. It's the perfect environment for a converting guitarist to get his start. Our NYC members will recognize the Aguilar preamp, Lab Gruppen power amp, and Epifani 410 stacks at Ultrasound as the rehearsal amps I'm playing through. For dirt, I'm using a Mojo Hand Mule, though my Colossus will make an appearance at some point. I'm looking for a lightweight head and single cab solution that I can play local gigs with. I have about $1000 to spend, though I can probably piece together a rig from Craigslist for about $600. I figure a 500 watt class D head and a single neo 210 will be more than enough to play any gig we get. My problem is actually finding some of this stuff to check out. I've been going around to local stores playing equipment to find out what I really want. But I'm finding a lot of 410s and 1000 watt amps, and very few portable solutions. There's some Markbass heads on CL but not many neo 210 cabs. I'd like to try the GK MB500 but haven't found one yet. Same goes for many of the Bergantino, Epifani, and Schroeder cabs in the TB classifieds. So I'd like to ask your thoughts on the following amps and cabs I'm considering. I'm also happy to look at alternatives that fit into my budget, and of course the portability requirements our beloved subway system demands. Amps: Aguilar TH500, GK MB500, Markbass LMII Cabs: Avatar Neo 210, SWR Goliath JR III (though it's kinda heavy), Epifani UL-210, Schroeder 1212R Your thoughts are GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!