Forgive me in advance if any of this sounds a bit dumb, but I am a bit unsure in this circumstance. As I am heading off for university to study music in September, I am saving up to upgrade over my Ibanez SR800. Not out of any pure necessity but I'd like to keep my Ibanez as a back up but I have no idea what to replace it with. The moment I get to uni, I would be looking to gig as much as possible, so a bass that can handle pretty much anything would be great! Idealistically, I am looking to save up to about $1,500-$2,200 for a bass that is the equivalent of a Swiss army knife. By this poorly chosen metaphor, something that emphasises on the quality of the few tones rather than the quantity that includes a few decent tones. You'd think that this should be open season, right? Unfortunately not as you'll see.
Earlier on today, I went to a rather well known music shop in my part of the country to try a selection of basses. Amongst this selection was a Yamaha NE, Zons (5/2, Sonus), Pedulla (Raptures), Fenders (HR Precision, MIA Jazz) and some Musicman stuff (Sterling and a Stingray). I was left either luke warm or cold by a lot of the stuff and I honestly question if I am just being far too picky or if my taste is being spoiled by the comfort of the Ibanez? I loved the bulky tone behind the Sterling but found it a bit on trebly side for my taste and the lack of a neck pickup was a bit odd for me to adjust to. Something like a Musicman HH Bongo? I'm not sure, so any suggestions are more than welcome!