I ask this because bass gear (and music gear in general) seems to be really expensive. I was looking in a music shop and a head cost $1500 (Australian $$) and the cabinet (?> Speakers?) cost over $1000. For someone like me without any major income this is way out of my price range. What about you? Did you buy new or secondhand? Did you get a loan or were you fortunate enough to have enough cash to get the right gear?