I've only been playing for 2 years and I have a BC Rich NJ series bass. I needed a bass to get started so I bought it, the price was right. It's got the heavy metal look and it quite big. I jammed at a buddies on the weekend and used his bass, an Aria hollw body. I liked the feel and the sound. It was small, which is good because I have small hands. We jam about once a month and gig twice a year. So the question is I think it's time to buy a bass and I don't know what to look for. I liked the sound of the hollow bofdy but it doesn't have to be a holloow body. The Aria's neck was shorter, which was nice, but it doesn't have to be an Aria. What brands and features should I be looking for? My budget is $500 and I can go used. Thanks in advance.