Okay... I've been playing rythmn and lead 6 string for around 15 years now but unbelieveably have never held a bass in my life, let alone played one. After some time away from the band scene some of the old guys want to reform and do some rock and blues. Unfortunately our ex-bass player, JP, has decided he don't wanna play so I've decided to take the plunge and do the bass thing. I'm buying the Trace Elliot amp from JP but his bass is way out of my price range so I thought I'd go way down market and find something cheap and cheerful... really cheap and cheerful..!!! Let's face it.. I still have a Marlin Sidewinder from when I was 17 so I've never been a guitar snob. I've had a quick look on eBay but would like some opinions on a reasonable budget bass. Remember, I'm looking at spending as little as possible but don't want a piece of crap... Suggestions please...?