Quite a few of you were gracious enough to help me out on ideas for a bunch of gear within the financial scope of $6,000 (Australian) some time ago (thanks to everyone once again, by the way) - What To Do With $6,000?. < There's the thread if you would like to recap. Anyho, myself, my band and our engineer have been diligently checking out the situation and thus far have come up with this entirely revamped setup (which definitely exceeds our investor's budget, but hey! The light is still green! Fancy)... Some things are still undecided on, so feel free to chip in any suggestions you may have. BASS: Spector NS-5CRFM 5-String (natural oil finish). We preferred almost everything about this bass over its nearest competitors, which were a Stingray 5 and a ton of Warwicks (FNA Jazzman, Thumb, Corvette line, etc.). It's got the new Aguilar preamp inside it too, which makes it even more beastly (it is the loudest bass I've ever heard!). The USA Bolt-on Spectors really didn't do much for our ears, and the USA Neck-thru was not available for demo. Pity, huh! AMP: Leading the way at the moment are the SWR SM-900 and the Gallien-Krueger 1001RB-II. Both are amazing amps, both capable of wildly different yet equally appealing things. This area has been the hardest part of the journey thus far, seeing as the head unit must be capable of A-Grade onstage sound reproduction and recording ability. I'm very torn personally, however I have been leaning towards the GK. CAB(S): Seeing as Aguilar products are not readily available to us here in Australia, in our minds this left either Eden or SWR. Up until this point I have been using Warwick 411-Pro cabs, but their emphasis on midrange and inability to accurately maintain frequencies below 30kHz meant that I was due for an upgrade. We went with SWR, choosing not one but two SWR 4x10 Goliath III cabinets (8 Ohm models). The Edens were lovely, but seemed to only reach their full capacity when paired with an Eden head, and I _hate_ Eden amps. FX: Really not much in the way of choice here. We're leaning towards the Boss GT6B multi-effect floor unit (you know, the RED one!), but personally I've had it with tap-dancing live. I want rack effects, and I want them now! This area has been paid the least attention so far, as it is presumed we can work with it fairly quickly and easily. Help! Okay, there it all is so far. Thanks again to everyone that went out of their way to show me different things and point me at various bits of gear and such, that was extremely helpful. Like I said, if you would like to jump in with further suggestions or advice, please do!