Before I got my saddle (and after my riding accident in my collegiate) I rode/borrowed a lot of different saddles.
My faves were the Antares and Butet. But on the cheaper but still on the nicer end of the spectrum I really really liked Stubbens, and I totally recommend.
There is actually a woman in Alameda, who owns a saddle company called Reactor Panel. I don't know how much they cost, but you can test ride them for 2 weeks and they come out and do a saddle fitting. So it might be something to check out. Also BayEquest is awesome, lots of people are selling higher end saddles like the Butet, Antares and County for 1/3rd the price of what they are worth. It might be in your best interest to hold out, save 500 more dollars to make an offer on a used High End saddle.