Originally Posted by walldaja
One of the problems in getting a bass is hearing the various basses on the same amp / setting. Good hunting!
I've had 60 basses but the same amp... so I have to say yes, you've nailed the issue with the bass. Inadequate pickups and electronics for recording (again, not sure if these issues were addressed in the more recent model).
SR500 does sounds a whole lot better and may be the "minimum" SR model you're looking for considering your intended usage. Buying one used is probably the best and most inexpensive route.