I'm in the early stages of searching for my first bass. I want a bass, a cab, and a "amp in a box" to drive the cab. This "amp in a box" would also be used on stage direct to the PA. Versatility is always my first goal. I like to buy good quality, and buy it once. I'm partial to a P bass, maybe a Jazz. I don't know much about anything bass related - so I need an education. I'd like to spend as little as possible, but still getting good quality. By comparison of my price/quality values - I usually look to spend $400 - $800 for a new instrument and related gear. I did this for keyboard, electric rig, acoustic rig. Quality and versatility are the most important things. I don't care about "bling".