I am in the process of buying everything I need to learn to play (bass, amp, tuner, metronome, cables, etc. - See, I read the old posts. ) My question for this forum is should I buy a small practice amp or is a larger combo the way to go? My first thought was to get a combo like a G-K 400RB112 or MB150E112; a SWR WM12 or basic black if I could find one; or similar combo in the $500-$1000 range. I re-thought about the power I'd need the cost of real pro sound and came up with smaller and/or cheaper practice combos like a Fender Bassman 25 or 60; an Ampeg BA112; or the SWR WM10 or LA12 (has anyone heard this one yet?). I figured if I could tone that made me happy for less, why not? Obviously there is a difference in these amps - but what I need to know is if I plan on playing in my house, occasionally with friends (mostly Jazz, mostly piano sax or trumpet) for the foreseeable future - will I be happy with the power? I know this a personal question only I can really answer, and a lot of it depends on how much I like the tone of the various amps. But I'm looking for input on how much bass the smaller/cheaper guys provide. I want to be able to hear the bass tone I want at decent volume. If a Fender Frontman does it for me at $150, that's all I'll spend. If spending and extra $600 brings a total change in the openness and fullness of tone, I'm willing to spend it. I think I'll practice more often and longer if I'm really happy with the sound. Sorry about the long post, but I wanted to be clear about my question.