yeh i agree.
i've currently got a few hundred quids worth of Marin mountain bike (front sus only) but at the moment, even that is a bit surplus to requirements really most of the time. i've got V brakes on mine but i prefer them because you can 'tab' V brakes, Disc brakes are 'on' or 'off' and a good set of V brakes is better than a low to mid range set of disc brakes i find but i can't stand disc brakes either...
i don't know what your budget is but Marin and Dawes do some great hybrids, though a bit hugher priced than your GT, Scott, Claud Butler and the like bikes, as i said, you get what you pay for. I personally find CB, GT and Scott bikes feel 'cheap' but that's just my experience.
as above, i'd recommend Marin or Dawes but again, depends on your budget.