Finally feel like I know enough to start upgrading from random Craigslist finds to something more deliberately chosen. My shortscales are already set - the Sterling Stingray SS and SX medium scale J-bass are out - upgraded to Sire U5.
So what’s the BB collective hivemind think is the best price to performance ratio for a PJ config between:
MIJ Aerodyne PJ (used in red, or blue, or anything but black - I mention color here because that alone is forcing the price up here ); about 1000 USD.
Marcus Miller Sire P10 (2nd Gen); used; also about 1000 USD
Marcus Miller Sire P7 (2nd Gen); probably new around 815 USD
(FWIW, I’ll keep a Squier VM70’s as my jazz bass for now. In the future a J-bass upgrade will probably be as close to 1000 US budget as I can stay in a decision among Aerodyne J config / Sire V7 / V10 / straight Fender Jazz.
They’ve got that 604 deal in 3 colors too (white, burst and black). All 2nd gens (1st gen was my first guess on why they’re so low). Only differences I can see between that and the P7’s at ~815 are that the 604’s are alder body with ebony fretboard while the 815 models are swamp ash body with hard maple fretboard. Otherwise identical.
A choice between an Aerodyne and anything else is no choice at all Having said that, apparently the standard Aerodyne pickups are nothing special. If I’m not mistaken, @John_E swapped out the pickups in each and every one of his Aerodynes (and he owns a lot of them).
Sire has its own factory where it maintains high quality control of their builds. Their materials and finishes are top-notch and their necks are uber-comfortable to play. Their name doesn’t start with an F, but they deliver a ton of quality and value.
I’m no help in terms of decision making as I haven’t played any of the basses you listed, but if you’re on the market for a P7 or P10, you might want to check the new P8 and P10dx that Sire recently announced. The P8 seems to be a P7 with the roasted maple neck and the P10dx has hipshot gold hardware. New colours as well.
I’m giving a very close look at the P5 myself and everything I read or hear about it seems very convincing. There’s also a new P5R (P5 but with rosewood fingerboard).
I’d say aerodyne non s port would be the way up go but upgrading to active eoukd be either expensive or pain. You have great choices of pickups but preamp I’d go with John East J-Retro. The L shape electronics and the integrated battery under the control plate is something else.
My angle on this is resale. Aerodyne would hold better value than Sire.