Hey there. I figured out what bass I want to invest in, the Essex BG-150 (yes im lefty) and I had some questions about things other than the bass and amp. Any other accessories I should worry about at this point? I think ill get a cheapo gig bag off ebay for carrying around. Im going to call Rondo this afternoon and HOPEFULLY order my BG-150. They are going to a tradeshow on the 14th and they said all orders while there at the trade show will get shipped on the 21st at the earliest. I should also pick up a tuner (maybe Boss), and ill probably end up buying one of those wall hook stands. I looked on the Newb FAQ for advice on strings and I was wondering was a good brand would be. I guess I would go with the 1st one that they mentioned that didn't wear fretts down as much and had a better tone (I want to say roundhead). Whats a good brand? Also, anything else you can recommend? Advice wise or equipment wise. One last thing. Think I could substitute parts like machineheads and pick guards on the Essex if those parts are another brand? At some point i usually get bored with my hardware and I like to play around with it.