I, for one feel very fortunate to have the low cost options available in today's market. Back in the '60's, there were few choices for inexpensive, light-weight equipment with the Fender sound. I took a few years off from bass but, in the early 80's, I was able to pick up a Gibson bass for a good price and played around with a cheap acoustic guitar, cheap keyboard and a sound-on-sound cassette recorder. It was fun, but work got in the way. In 2004, I thought that I would like to get back into bass and bought a used Peavey 300 Combo and matching 15" cab. These things weighed a ton and I was not happy with the Gibson sound. And again, work got in the way! Now, semi-retired, with more time on hand, I found that I could not lift the Peavey equipment out of the closet without a hydraulic lift-cart! (there is something about age). Also, with age comes the problem with hand/arm use, so a short scale was more comfortable. I sold the Peavey stuff and bought a Squier Jag SS. Without an amp, I acquired an Ampeg SCR-DI to use with ear-phones. That got me back to the '60's sound, but I still wanted an amp...enter the Fender Rumble 200 Combo. Wow, what a beast. Although I liked the Squier, I felt there was something missing from my original '60's sound. I happened upon a sale from Adorama for a Mustang PJ, bought it and haven't looked back. So, for about $1K in today's dollars, this is possible. Compare that to the inflation rate, as I did! I know, YMMV, but this is my story and I am sticking to it .