Hey! I am a guitarist first. In my neck of the woods, SF bay area, it is IMPOSSIBLE to find a bassist. ***!! Anyway, the music is hip hop/Rock type affair, I don't mind pulling off my guitar, just as long as I am having fun, and am looking very forward to stepping up and learning a new instrument. I am looking at a couple of things.. I don't have a lot of money to spend on this, so, this is what I was thinking. I LOVE the look of it, I need to get down and play it in order to make sure it sustains well enough and has no dead spots. Well, for that kind of money, I might have to expect something like that? http://www.haloguitars.com/store/GOLIATH-4-String-Bass-Black.html Bigger question is regarding amps. In general, are tube watts equal to SS watts? I have a '75 Superbass 100 that I plan on using for the bass head in the interim, but I really want a more modern head or unit. What about a Mesa Buster 2-10 with a 1-15" extension cab? The Buster is 200 watts. Would I be better off getting a class D amp? Thanks for any input.