Hello all. First time post on talkbass. I've been playing a cheap Squire J Bass for the past year and I feel like I'm ready for a good quality bass. That in mind, the Schecter Stargazer 4 and the Schecter Blackjack ATX C-4 have caught my eye. There's no where in town I can go play them (small town, not a lot of options). Has anyone played these, and how are they? Next question. My friend owns a local music shop that is exclusively a Dean dealer. He says he can get me any Dean bass for pretty cheap (but not dirt cheap, just like $50 bucks off). I've read a mixed bag of good and bad things about Dean basses. I've read a lot more good things about Schecter than Dean. Next question. Bass amps. I'm totally clueless on what a good bass amp is. I'd like a monster of a bass amp. I'm willing to go up to $400, but I'd like to pay less if I could. Thank you in advance for any insight.