Definitely Demo before you buy!
Where the shane is great, and loved by Joe, Its not my cup of tea.... find it way to edgy, and thats just personal preference, but you should try it.
A lot of people like the watson, watson classic and Witness.
I guess the Watson Classic would be kinda close to the old Era.
See what else your dealer has to demo. From your posts I'm guessing LF and Ronix.... If yes, give Rucks new board a go. (The Phoenix)
But if your fave thing to do is carve, you might want to try a Hybrid or Flex board, they're usually super fun to carve around on.