I've recently come into some $. I've always GASSED for a Musicman Stingray Classic 4. So i went out on a mission to try one out. Out of 4 Guitar Centers in my area only 1 had a classic. It had tone to die for. The setup was only so so. It was ugly mint green with a maple fretboard. I play a Fender Jazz bass right now and the neck on the Stingray was fatter and wider than I'm used to, but I could get used to it. Going price was $1799. It was nice but not $1799 nice. I wanted to try a Sterling but they didn't have one. So that will be next to try before I even consider pulling the trigger. The trick is to find a store that has one. I live in Rochester, MN, and I get up to Minneapolis/St. Paul occasionally. I'm keeping an eyes on CraigsList and would consider a used one if I see it and the bass sings to me. So my question to you is. Are there any basses in this price range that have a similar sound (meaty low end) that I might be over looking?