Hey there! I'm new to these forums, as well as the world of the bass. I've played saxophone for 7 years, piano for almost a year, and i am now a university music major. My question is this: I have always wanted to play the bass, and now i'm going to take it up as my next instrument. I'm going to buy a bass and an amp(not looking for anything too fancy, just practical). A friend of mine is offering to sell me his Samick Gibson 4 String, and he say it's original value was somewhere in the range of 600 bones. No amp, though. Now, I know that I can certainly get much cheaper, but my question is if this would be a good deal? Or would it be better for me to just go out and buy one of the cheaper ones to start. basically, I want to know if this particular bass would make a better starting block than any other bass. Also, how much should I pay him for it? Thanks for your time, guys. Please don't just respond with obligitory personal comments about how much you like or dislike it, it's company, or anything else. Please leave the responses to facts and experience. Thanks guys!