It probably generated quite a bit of discomfort for you. Very unfortunate. It's sad that p**** envy extends to equipment, but that's not your problem. You handled it well. Maybe it boils down to preference. For example, my kid has two basses, an Ibanez BTB 455QM 5 stringer and a parts PJ style 4 banger. While he has no trouble switching back and forth between the two instruments, they are very different in the approach particularly on the Ibby as the neck is very wide and it is a 35" scale. He also likes the fact that he doesn't have to change hand position as often. However, his go to bass for a lot of reasons only clear to him, is the old girl and the Ibby is collecting dust. To each his own.