Attached is a picture of my current bass; it's an Aria 'Legend' series jazz copy that I've had since school (so quite a while now... ) and it's OK. I upgraded the pickups to Seymour Duncans, and I'm quite happy with the amplified sound, but it's been dinged to hell (not visible, chunks taken out of the underside, my plan is to smooth them over with some black Sugru). I am in a band where I'm tuned CFA#D# using the bottom strings of a 5-string set, and I have widened the nut slots accordingly. I've made my best attempt at getting the intonation and action right but there's still some buzz around the higher frets and I'm sure the low string could be a bit snappier.
So now I'm getting back into playing in a band after a long time away, and I'd like people's opinions on whether I should:
A: Tart my current bass up a bit (thinking black scratchplate and new black bridge hardware) and get a professional set-up done on it...
B: Get myself a new or second-hand Ibanez SR series 5-string (got some money coming in from selling a guitar, and have a valve guitar head to sell).
Essentially, will I get better value for money from sticking with what I've got, or from buying a new (to me) bass?
Thanks for your help.