My second used RBX170 is wearing out and I am going to replace it. Over the years I have survived happily, albeit not without GAS, on a series of inexpensive basses; this beat up RBX, a nicer used RBX170, a MIK Dean, and the shorty Gremlin I could not kill. I don't play with a band and don't have plans to, I play to chill. I have been also getting by without an amp, using various methods to drive some headphones. I will probably be able to pull together around $300 to upgrade and I would like to stick to new for sake of eliminating the variables of what wear and tear the bass has been through before I get a hold of it. It sounds funny but $300 is five times as much money as I spent on my last bass, no surprise it turned out to have some issues. My question is this: Would each of you rather have a $200 bass and a $100 amp to practice or a $300 bass and headphones? I pretty much know which basses I would look at and the amp would either be a Rumble 15 or BA108, If I go that route, so I don't necessarily need recommendations about which instrument. I am just fishing for opinions on whether you all think splitting the budget as such is a better or worse idea.