Hi All. I live about 2.5 hours east of San Fran, and the same from Sacramento, in a very small town. I am looking to buy a Ric 4003 ($1100?)and a decent amp in the next year. I am looking at an EA iamp 800 ($1800?) or Peavey BAM ($1200?)for combos, or a rack rig ($1500?). I like the sound of 15" speakers, but am considering 12's and 10's now also. Currently I have a Peavey TNT 115 and Schecter Diamond Series 004 active 4 string bass that has a wide range of tones, from warm to bright, a Samick Tabu active 4 string bass and a cheap OLP MM copy passive. I was wondering if it would be safe to order a Ric or amp thru Musicians Friend, Zzounds, online, etc., or go to a store for these large money purchases? At least that's large $ for me. I want a rig that covers the entire sonic spectrum, from bright to low and deep/warm. I am looking to play all styles, from light jazz to classic rock and pop. Thanks for the help.