Yo! I have been playing electric bass about a year without an amp! I need one! I currently have a flatwound Squier Jazz fretted (do they make them fretless?). I definetily want to go head and cab, or even better, pre-power, etc. I want this system to be able to handle anything where a PA is unavailable (read: lots of power, but enough, not too much, 600+?). Tone idols include Wooten, Jamerson, Manring on stuff like "My Three Moons", not on "Monkey Businessman", and Claypool for a wilder sound. No malice intended, but I don't like Oteil (to much fret clacking), Bailey (on bass extremes he's too electronic, haven't really heard his other stuff. yes, I know claypool is always like that, but he is trying to be weird, at least as far as I know...), and many others, but you get the idea. Of course, I don't claim I sound or play nearly as well as any of these guys...but that's a given. Bassically, I need hi-fi to low-down. I don't like mud, and I sometimes like a thin bass range, like an upright kinda, but I do like how Wooten can hit a low note and have it be powerful but not muddy. So, to wrap it up I need brand-names, power estimates, cab suggestions, etc. Ooh, and for the gearhead in me(I'm an engineering student), can you plug a bass direct to a poweramp, or is there a certain max/min input they can handle in general? Could I just use a DI into a poweramp if the tone was what I wanted? Or is that not compatible? Just thinking of temporarily saving some money. But cost is not an option, I have plenty, I'm just cheap! Thank you for putting up with this huge post and for any replies.