Forgivuness prease, I know there are many such requests. I did some searching, but didn't find anything satisfactorily close to what I was looking for, and found many things I'll learn in time I'm sure, but which are cryptic to me at the present. I play guitar and want to learn bass to educate myself further about music. To this end, I want to purchase a bass guitar and amp, and would like recommendations based on my needs/wants. I'm learning, so obviously my output will not benefit from the traits that distinguish a top-of-the-line bass from gear in leagues south of that. So I don't want to shell out a ton of cash for the best there is. On the other hand, I entertain the idea of gigging in small clubs and such eventually, and would rather not re-invest at that point, so I don't really want a "training" grade bass, either. Basically, I want gear that will grow with me, but won't break the bank in the meantime. I also entertain the idea of spooling the output to my M-Audio revolution card and recording it on a PC, if this affects the recommendation at all. I'm thinking somewhere in the 500-1000 dollar range for the bass, and maybe 500 or so for the amp. Compelling arguments could probably encourage me to punish the wallet further. If you were to ask what kind of sound I'd like to emulate, I'd say Pink Floyd. I would in general like to remain in the neighborhood of classic rock, with the capability to mess around with some blues like Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder without it sounding dramatically off. Thanks very much, gang.