At 61 and retired, after many years of procrastination I've started taking bass guitar lessons. I'm renting a Samick Corsair "Greg Bennett Design" bass (retailing at $ 285 Cdn) and a 30 watt Mega GL30B amp (retailing at $ 175 Cdn). I saw a really nice Austin Eclipse Pro 4 bass (retailling at $ 550 Cdn) and 60 watt Fender Rumble bass amp (retailing at $ 309 Cdn). I'd appreciate any feedback on these Austin & Fender products and if there are any better choices. Although 3 months of the rental pmts can be applied to the purchase price of any bass or amp in the store, the selection is limited (low end products) and the prices appear inflated.