For the past few years I've been playing a 82 reissue of 61 pbass that belongs to my dad. The bass is an awesome bass and has the sound. Next year I'm off to college and I'll be staying in the dorms and my dad doesn't want the bass in the dorms, which is understandable. I'm looking for a sub $500 dollar bass that can thats at least close in feel and sound. I've tried the MIM fender pbass and they seem really cheap and just don't even get close. I also use heavy gauge flatwound strings 55g and 105 on the e so I need something with a strong neck. The sound I'm going for is the blues sound. duck dunn that kind of stuff heavy on the bass. any ideas?