try the DBK
I was looking at the same kind of purchasing situation you are (already have a VWH [it's a '93 though], looking to buy a new Jem) and some people here suggested that I look at the DBK Jem, since it has different tonal properties than the VWH. Since I got that suggestion, I am leaning towards getting a DBK instead of a new VWH or VSBL, because my old VWH is perfectly serviceable, and I'd like to have a Jem with a bit of a darker tone. Also, the DBK is cheaper than the white and blue Jems, so it's looking like a pretty good deal to me. Hope you find what you need!