all this bass talk deserves a bass rig...something like this would be a good start...@Frenchy99 mentioned he used a Peavey Bandit 65 for a Bass amp some time ago. I just happen to still own an '86 Model so I'm also going to throw that in the mix of possibilities. If it ends up working half assed as I expect it might, at least for practice, it may open up other options for me like a Tech21 I mentioned earlier for recording. This is just my thought process right now. Nothing has been determined as of yet obviously.
By the way....any good bass rig ( bass and amp) should be worth more then the price of a good set of bass strings.