I've decided that it's time to buy my first "serious" setup, and I'm overwhelmed with the amount of choices and opinions I've come across... Here are my criteria: I currently own a late 90's American made 4 string Peavey Cirrus. The amp that I've been using at rehersal is *not* adequate for what I'm hoping to do. So here goes: I'm hoping to keep everything ≤ $1000. I'm not sure if I should go with separates (I've looked at the Genz-Benz shuttle 6.0 and used cabs) or a higher end combo (I've looked at the Eden Nemesis RS410). Or if I should go the used route entirely - though I'm a bit nervous to spend upwards of a $1000 on equipment I'm not familiar with. Is 300 watts and a 4x10 cabinet sufficient, or is it overkill? Am I shooting myself in the foot by going with a combo unit? I'm hoping for something versatile that I can play everything from funk to jazz to heavy metal with, and something that is ideally scalable long term. I’m Looking for something that I can use for small to medium sized venues. Currently I’m playing (and planning to gig with) a heavier project. And something that is on the easier side of the spectrum to transport. As far as buying from new shops, should I expect them to let me trial the equipment if I give them a full security deposit? And if you have any suggestions on shops in the Portland, Ore area, I would appreciate that as well.