Greetings everyone, new member here. I am planning on buying and learning to play bass guitar. I have just turned the 50 year old corner and although not yet a musician I am an avid music lover and audiophile, with a few close friends who are good musicians My taste runs from 60's British pop, 70s classic prog rock, Blues, Jazz to contemporary rock bands like Porcupine Tree. favourite bass players include McCartney, Entwhistle, Jack Bruce, Felix Pappalardi, John Paul Jones in the ancient or deceased category and Victor Wooten in the present. If you learned Bassists could give me some advice on what i should buy( used or new) I plan on bugeting $700 for Bass and $700 for head & Cabs. also what is a godd starting point besides the obvious lessons ( is music reading a prerequisite or will tabs do) thanks in advance Cheers!!