Hi, I've been playing for a year now and well my bass playing and general music skills are coming along nicely. (Or so say the experienced members of my band). I bassicly got invited to take up well decided to take the plunge on a starter kit from my local music store. So I've got a 20W Amp and a Falcon Bass (Its basicly a poor fender copy). We're at the stage where we're going to start gigging in a couple of months and I've got some spare cash to spend on equipment plus as its my 21st birthday shortly my parents are going to give me some cash to spend on something that'll be about. The gigs we're going to play are on the whole going to be on the small side. So it begs the question, should I upgrade my amp, my bass or should I think about an FX unit or what? My folks are going to give me about 150 pounds(UK) I've got about 150 pounds. I can go higher, but longer wait to get there and being a poor student I'd like to get maximum benefit from the least cash put in. Now I know all about going into music stores and playing to your hearts content, but I'm really just looking for a general guide here. I don't want to piss the guys in my local music store off too much On the bass lines, a mexican P-Bass is just a little out of my reach. And on the amps, well I have no bloody clue what I need or should look for. At our practice room I've been using a rather hefty sounding Peavy Bass amp, but I can't remember the wattage. We tend to play a lot of rock and punk stuff (on the whole reasonably simple bass lines), but I've been working through my books and learning my theory, mainly due to what the rest of the band want to play. Anyways, help appreciated and all that!