Hello guys, I’ll give you a bit of backstory first. This idea toying with my brain is probably a result of Aspergers Syndrome I have, and me being a very impulsive buyer who has to be told no to see common sense when purchasing things. Of course, when it comes to bass gear and the ever lasting quest for tone , it’s not a good position to be in. Anyhow, for absolute ages I’ve been sold on the idea of a Lightwave bass. The theory behind how it is kind of the successor to magnetic pickup-equipped basses really appeals to me. I had my heart set on it. Five string strung with TI Jazz Flats was gonna be perfect, and would probably be the perfect accompaniment to my lil’ Fender MIJ Mustang strung with LaBella 760-MUS flatwounds. Now, here’s the kicker...and I’ll add the fact I’m very easily swung in opinion if the idea is convincing enough, but I had my heart set on a Mesa Walkabout 1x15 combi at one stage. I don’t know why, but I jumped on the transparent gear thing and forgot about it, but I’ve been reading some things on amps these past few days, and how nothing apart from FRFR monitors and DI’s are flat response and they can be too sterile for pleasurable listening. I also read that most basses need some EQ added anyway to play in different rooms (which I knew anyway, but just didn’t really give me eureka moment till now ), and tubes stress the even order harmonic thing and sound a lot more three dimensional, full and sometimes, more pleasing in a mix. I’m now in limbo with whether I should go down the original path of the Lightwave Bass or see if I could get this Mess Boogie combo (which has an all tube preamp). About 3 months after purchasing a PJB Double Four for practice in my room. I also figured what’s the point in getting an ultra transparent bass, if the amp doesn’t reflect it. I’ve asked this question to my tutor and he mentioned that I should get the bass (this was before I bought the Double Four. I didn’t mention about the Mesa Combo) , because there’s no point letting 300 watts/£1,600 sit around just for bedroom practice, sometimes through headphones. My grandmother, who I live with has also said the same. I’m not gigging yet, but I’ve just joined the music academy band, and ultimately, we’ve been told we are going to do a gig. Who knows what could evolved from there? 300 Watts is more than enough longevity for an amp with an added 10” port too. It’ll handle gigs good. Anyway, I think you’ve heard me waffle on enough, but this is a bit of backstory just to help you give me some advice based on my scenario, but I was wondering if you could advise me on what I should do? I know if I say I’m going to buy the amp, my grandmother will say no and disagree till the worlds end, but what would you guys say/or do?