I'm confused why so many people insist on playing Fenders when they are so heavy, unwieldy and ugly. The only reason must be the sound. However, IMVHO the things that make the biggest difference to the sound are the strings and amplifier you use. I don't want to get into an argument re P/J basses; what I want to get into an argument about is my theory that, given a finite amount of £ or $, you're better off spending as much as possible on a quality amp. So: my question is which is going to sound better? Really expensive bass running through a cheapo amp, or a cheap bass and an expensive amp? No 50/50 responses please, that's dull.