I'm going on 1 year with my Bass playing, and I see no end in the foreseeable future, so I decided to invest in better gear, that will allow me to 'grow' a little. First off, let me say, "HOLY CRAP!" It required quite a bit of leg work just to get 'some' knowledge on amp heads and cabinets... It's pretty daunting, even with an 'audiophile streak' in me. Fortunately, my CFO (loving wife) put a cap on spending, otherwise I'd likely have a second mortgage and very angry neighbors. After lots of reading and self edjamakatin', I felt it time to throw some money around. This forum is a great reference, and appreciate everyone that contributes... Lotsa learnin' here. I decided to go with something reasonably priced (under $500 and $200 under CFO's cap) for mostly home use, but I occasionally meet up to play with friends. I have a sub-compact car, so size matters. I was originally thinking about the Ampeg Micro VR ($700), and beat myself up for a month or so on going combo, with a bigger (than my SX practice amp) for less, or the Ampeg amp/cab. Then I came across Carvin's Memorial Day sale, and decided on the BX250 Microbass Amp and their MBE210 cabinet. With good reviews, (I see some mixed feelings here...) and affordability, it won me over at $230 less than the Ampeg. It came to $470 shipped (with a speaker cable!). It's small in size, and pretty rich in features, and seemingly good bang for the buck. Maybe a 1x15 second cab down the road, but for now I think I have a decent set up for what I'm doing, with some room to grow. Pretty excited about the upgrade.... I hope to see it by the end of next week.