Hi guys, this is my first thread, so I apologize in advance if there is a super similar thread already out there, but I have been looking/reading up for quite a while now! Also sorry that it is kind of long! So currently I am playing in a garage band with a few of my buddies. We have been playing for a few years now, starting in 8th grade and very lightly at first but now we are starting to pick it up in our junior year of high school. We play anything from hard rock to classic rock to punk and Smash Mouth. My current rig is a Squier VM Jaguar w/ active electronics (I love this bass for the money! Very versatile!) paired up with an Acoustic B100 combo amp. However, after having a few outdoor gigs I soon realized that my amp isn't quite able to hold its own outdoors. We don't have a PA, so my amp still has to do most of the heavy lifting. (My singer is actually looking for a PA right now, however his budget isn't very big so even if he got one my amp would still be doing the heavy lifting. On a side note any suggestions for a cheap PA that sounds OK would be appreciated too!) Once I turn the volume knob up about a quarter of the way up I start to clip and get a horrible distortion, completely throwing any tone out of the window. It is quite a shame since this amp has always held up for me perfectly when practicing in the garage! Also, my guitarist is now running a 100W 1x12 SS combo amp that he practically got for free so he could easily blow me out of the water if he wanted. I have spent some time researching amps and have decided that a 4x10 amp is best for me. Not only for volume, but also I have found it annoying how much the B100 lacks in the mid-range and high-ranges. Now here comes the dilemma: I have found some amps that I think would be suitable and are in my price range. Basically, I need something that is loud enough to be heard over the 100W guitar amp and can take the stress of being heavy lifter, but also sounds great with deep lows, crisp mids, and punchy highs. It also needs to be versatile for playing different genres of music. Most importantly, it needs to fit in my price range. Right now, as a high school student without a job, my budget is piss poor low and I can't afford to spend any more than $600 TOPS on the whole rig. I would like to spend as little as possible. I plan on pairing one of these cabs up with whatever heads i can find for cheap, or on one of my local CL ads. However, my CL area isn't very good which is also partly why I am making this thread. Suggestions for amp heads would be appreciated too! Preferably one with an XLR output and a built-in compressor/limiter with 4 band EQ! 1. The fender rumble 410 http://www.fender.com/series/rumble/rumble-410-1000w-bass-speaker-cabinet/ OK, I know a lot of guys out there sneer about Fender. However, it fits into my price range and I really haven't heard anything bad about it. Also 500W should be plenty to cover me and give me some extra headroom. 2. Acoustic B410 MKII http://www.acousticamplification.co...catid=3&subcatid=4&modid=13&product=B410 MKII Like Fender, people bash on Acoustic for being a GC house brand, yet I have loved my amp for what I do. I'm not a pro and this amp definitely won't be my last so it is really just like a jumping point for right now. This one also boasts a higher RMS wattage than the rumble. 3. Eden E4x10 http://www.eden-electronics.com/products/exseries/ex410.asp This one is interesting. Lowest wattage of the lot but I have actually heard good things about this brand! 4. Ashdown MAG 414T Deep http://ashdownmusic.com/products/1/Bass-Amplification/3/MAG/39/MAG-414T-Deep-/ This amp looks pretty well built, have also heard good things about Ashdown, the only thing is I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere.... Yes, I know these amps aren't very high-end, of course I would prefer something like a GK neo 410 or Hartke hydrive 410 but i just don't think i have the money for one right now! So that's pretty much what I've found. Tell me what you think! Also, if you guys think i am heading totally in the wrong direction PLEEAASE let me know! Maybe I should stick to combo amps for right now??? 500W is too much for right now? Heard of or had any experience with some of the amps listed above? Thank you soooo much in advance guys!