Am I crazy? A MTD 535 for a Sadowsky NYC?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 5bassman, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. 5bassman


    May 4, 2005
    I'm wanting a Sadowsky NYC 4 string and found one here on TB a member has. He's willing to sell outright or trade for my MTD 535. My MTD has about every option avail. It sold new for $4200 but I recently bought it used in mint condition. I like the bass alot but miss the Sadowsky Metro I traded a few months ago. His Sadowsky is a NYC 4 Vintage and comes with the J/J Setup and the P/J setup. A very versatile bass. I would be easier and cheaper for me to trade. Would I be losing too bad?
  2. camman

    camman The first and the second

    Oct 25, 2005
    I have a personally philosophy that no deal is a bad deal if both parties walk away feeling happy with the deal. So ask yourself, could you part with the MTD and gain the Sad NYC?

    However, the esoteric would state that since you asked if you are on the losing end of the stick, you already think you maybe its not such a good deal. :smug:


    lots o help

    personally, I have never played an MTD, so I cant say what I would do if owned one and were offered that specific trade. :p
  3. 5bassman


    May 4, 2005
    I wonder if I'm losing because of the original cost of each bass.
  4. camman

    camman The first and the second

    Oct 25, 2005
    meh, its just money! Life cant always be summed up in dollars! How much do you like your MTD? Would you sell it if the Sad was not in the mix?
  5. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Seems reasonably comprable to me. From what I've seen (having had shopped for both) 535s go from about 1800 to about 2600 on the used markets, don't think I've ever seen an NYC Sad used for under 2-big ... usually 2200-2800. Financially it sounds to me like you're on the "winning" side. What did you pay for the MTD?
  6. camman

    camman The first and the second

    Oct 25, 2005
    Hey pickles, looks like he alluded to paying 4200 for his MTD.....
  7. Marcus

    Marcus Guest

    Dec 26, 2004
    NYC & Vancouver, BC
    You're crazy.
  8. beadgc

    beadgc Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    I agree it's not crazy. The MTDs, generally speaking, sell for more new than the Sads, but the Sads seem to hold up a little better in the re-sale market. Think about how you might miss the MTD, though. I've got a pair of 635s and a Sad standard 5, and -- talk about different beasts!
  9. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Don't give up something you like for something you like less. Leave the money out of it.

    Besides, your MTD certainly cost more new than would the Sadowsky, but if you sold it outright, how much would you get for it? A little more than half at best. That's not much more than the Sadowsky is worth used.
  10. kelbrihan

    kelbrihan Banned [Deceiving users with multiple usernames] Inactive

    Dec 2, 2004
    I think sadowskys right now are hotter on the market in general than the MTDs and I think alot of that is due to all of the lower line MTDs out there. I think when makers start putting out budget models, it hurts the resell value of their high end models. The Sadowsky will play/ feel alot different from the MTD though. If you are so unsure about it that you have to get other peoples advise to justify the trade, then I would say "don't do it".
  11. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    If you really miss your Metro and prefered it over the MTD, then do it. About a year ago, I sold my MTD 535 "Norm Stockton" model. Although I do miss it a bit, I don't regret it. I've since picked up a Metro that is more 'my style', so I don't really miss the MTD too much. Don't expect the NYC model to be much different than your Metro was though.

    Two of my favorite bass makers. If the Sadowsky is more your flavor than the MTD, then do it. Don't worry too much about the price. You don't get much "higher end" than Sadowsky or MTD. It just depends on your appetite. Either way, you're going to end up with one of the best... IMO.
  12. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Really has nothing to do with the cash. If u feel you'll enjoy the other bass more, do the trade. If not, dont. You didnt pay new $ for the MTD so it shouldnt be that great an issue for u. Are u close enough to try out the Sadowsky? If so, thats a place to start. Good luck

  13. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    That was the new price ... he got it used.
  14. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Another option ... keep the MTD and save your pennies for a used Metro. They really are as different as night and day.
  15. 5bassman


    May 4, 2005
    The MTD sold new for $4200. It has just about all avail. options. I bought it from Austin Bass Traders for a little over $3000.
  16. 5bassman


    May 4, 2005
    Well, I do have the option to sell my 1950 Martin 00-18 acoustic that rarely gets played. I will bring a minimum of $2500. Then I would have two really nice and different basses! I can alwways get a cheaper acoustic for rec playing. Hard to justify keeping a high dollar acoustic that only gets played every once in a while!

    I loved the Metro, so I know I'll love the NYC. The MTD is also a super nice bass! The NYC is located in Singapore and belongs to another TB'er.
  17. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    I can tell that I (personally !) don't miss my MTD 635 like I thought I would.
  18. RD

    RD Guest

    Jun 17, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Singapore? You really gotta have faith in shipping I guess. Isn't there one a little closer to home, mentioned in another thread?
    I'd keep the MTD and save. In my experience, trading something great for something that seems greater seldom works out.
  19. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    To me it seems that used Sadowskys are much more plentiful than used MTDs, especially when you include the Metros.

    If it were me, I would keep the 535 and do what I could to buy a used Sadowsky Metro - probably for around $1600 or less. After you have both basses and give them some playing time, you may decide to keep only one.