Re: Help picking my 2nd instrument (BASS)
Rondo Music sells their SX line for cheap. P's J's. P/Js and more modern designs, mostly under $150. I've bought two, one for me and one for a gift, and I e-know a lot of people with them. They are pretty darn good. Not as nice as my Mexican or Japanese Fenders, but extremely formidable, for the price. I ended up putting Bartolinis and a BaddassII bridge on mine (castaways from other projects) and for about $400 total, it's now a monster.
With the money saved, pick up a Sansamp to run through your PA, you'll be golden.