Re: bass guitar... advice...
I'd recommend a short scale bass (30" scale).
I used to have a Hamer Slammer SB4 which was great for the price ($150 or so)
There's also the Rondo Music short scale basses - SX brand name (also around $150)
And if you want to spend a little more, the Fender Mustang bass is very nice. ($500)
I'm a bass/guitar player just getting into drums.