Right now I'm playing through a practice amp until I get my chops upto par, and in the mean time I'm saving for the bass rig I'll eventually need. Right now I'm pretty sure I'd prefer a rig that grinds over one that is clean....I'd prefer to stick with Ampeg as my buddy is an Ampeg dealer (thus a slight discount in price), but I am willing to look at other options. I'm also considering a Boogie 400+ and BB 750....but I won't get a price break on any of those.... Any suggestions? Also, what is your opinion on Ampeg cabs? I'm thinking of a 4x10 & 1x15 setup, and again I'd like to stay Ampeg due the the price break, but I am willing to look at other options. I prefer bass sounds in the vein of sludge and doom bands (Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, Sunn O))), Pentagram, FuManchu, Kyuss, ect), but ultimately my rig needs to be able to serve the music, so I'm keeping that in mind when making my final decision too as it'll be hard to get a gig around here with a dimed & fuzzed Sunn head into a muddy set of cabs.