I'm in my late 30's, have a job, house, family etc. So, my "gigs" are pretty modest because of time commitments. I play church about every 3rd Saturday night and 3 short 5 song sets on Sunday, and play a 40 minute tiny little restaurant gig every so often. Between the two, I'm on track to play 20-22 weekends this year. It's gonna be awhile before I do any full blown bar gigs or your typical "playing out". Both places have a house amp, direct box or in ears (that are shared). So, I just bring my one bass. I like the sound of my bass direct, so it all works out. So, in my situation would you get: a backup bass - I wouldn't bring it to the gigs (no one else does ), but what if my main bass is in the shop? I LOVE my main bass, so this one would just sit around like a 3rd string quaterback. I'd probably never play it. an amp - at both places the house amp is used for personal monitoring only. I can't see a situation with either gig where I need my own amp, but I have an 80 watt Peavey that works for home stuff anyway. I like my amp just to amplify my bass, not color my sound. my own in ears - I guess I don't "need" these, but custom molded in ears would be nice. All the above do nothing - save money. Buy things like electricity.