Here's my first rig: Ibanez GSR100 Ibanez Sound Wave 25 Impressive huh? Well for a graduation/birthday present I got a Fender Active Jazz Bass V, and I quickly realized how incredibly weak and crappy my rig is. So now I need a real amp to go with my first real bass, and you have no idea how much time I've spent searching these forums for advice and clues on what I should get (Only one search every 20 seconds!?!? AHHH!!!). "So, Chris, what kind of sound do you want?" EXCELLENT QUESTION! One band that I'm in is a straight up rock band (sorta like Incubus, but not anywhere near as good), and I worship Incubus, BTW. In my other band, the guitarist tunes CGCFAD (in other words, I use my B string a lot), and the singer screams/raps and occasionally sings. It's kind of like SOAD/Deftones, and some of the guitar riffs sound like old school Metallica. When we practice, I got my amp on full blast (sounds like crap), and I'm barely able to cut through the drums/guitar/vocals. I need something not only for our practice sessions, but also for small to medium gigs (clubs/bars/lounges, not fields and stadiums yet). So.......I need a good head and a cab or two. I was thinking a 1x15 (for b string thump) and later adding a 2x10 or a 4x10. As for heads, all I know is that I need to overpower my cabs (not cranking the volume to high though), rather than over stressing my amp (I heard the term underpowering, but you guys seemed to dislike it ). I'd like to keep the head and 1x15 under $1,000, but depending on how much I get working this summer, I may have a little more (although I want to have some money left over ). I have no problem with buying used (but I don't know where to look for used stuff). I also like a high quality to cost ratio. Please don't tell me to "Try them for yourself." I'd like to try stuff out, but the only places locally are a pawn shop loaded with Crate and Rouge stuff, and a music store that doesn't carry anything. There's good stores in this general area, but I don't have the time to drive an hour just to look at amps. I'll probably start spending in early August. ----IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ ALL OF THIS RAMBLING, BEGIN READING HERE:---- I need a head and a 1x15. I need a head that will give me lots of headroom for a 1x15 and later a 2x10 or 4x10. I need a 15 that gets loud (but not muddy). Budget = $1,000 Bang for Buck = Good Quality/Reliability = Good Give me lots of specific models, numbers, and specs like ohms, watts, decibels, and dollars. I like numbers. Also personal experiences too. Thank you so very much in advance!