Hey PWRD --
I wouldn't normally steer someone toward a hybrid -- for that sort of reliable "all-purpose" ride, I like touring bikes -- but you're an experienced rider and you already know all the arguments against hybrids, so I won't bore you by repeating 'em.
That said, I used to own a 7500fx, and I liked it. It was a nice solid commute bike, did the job it was meant for, and never gave me any trouble. If it hadn't been stolen a couple years ago, I'd probably still have it today. It wouldn't be the bike I'd choose for most trips, but I'd be glad to own such a dependable backup ride.
If a hybrid is really what you want, then I'd call this model a damned good one.