I've been given permission to spend some of my tax funds this year on something music-related and I'm trying to decide whether to put my money into a new bass or a new amp. Right now I have a 30 watt practice amp and a six string bass. I don't really gig but right now I'm looking into some jams soon. What I want is either a nice four string bass and/or a nice amp that's somewhat portable but has more power than I've got now. As it is, the amp sounds decent enough and it's not incredibly heavy, but people keep telling me that 30w is not enough to jam or perform with, especially with a drummer. I'm not unhappy with it, but I am thinking towards the future. My six string is great, but I sometimes feel the yearning for a thin neck with fewer strings. It's not a case of the six being too much or not fitting my style, but sometimes it is more relaxing to just play a four. Especially when I'm playing with a pick, I like not having to mute more strings than some people have on their bass altogether! I could probably survive without either one, but where's the fun in that?