Went to a music store today and tried out both the Cort (again, but this time in gorgeous trans red) and the Vintage Stingray Bass.
Wow! That's all I can say.........
I was completly blown away by both, in the Cort's case....I can't ever see a reason for buying Squier or Epiphone, like Rich says, it feels and sounds sooo good! Definatly a step up, incredibly tidily built and a very professional guitar!
And the Vintage? Well, needless to say I was impressed......really has that musicman vibe and the sounds! It's active, which was a pleasant change, and looks nice (the model I played was natural). The weight was good, balance on the strap was good and the bass was quiet. I struggled a little with the neck (not being used to playing bass recently) but coped okay.
In short? Both are killer guitars that I would recommend everyone try out. Now!