Is there a big difference between a $200 Bass and a $500 Bass? I was planning on getting one for recording and was hoping to spend something like $200-$250 but I am worried that the tone will suck on these? I definitely don't want to spend more than $500.

Any thought on this?
I was gonna plug the Bass directly into the Toneport GX and use modeling software like iZotope or something.

I was also entertaining the possibility of buying a DI, but I will probably end up using the Toneport because of cost.