Ok, well I just picked up a Sadowsky 4 that was supposed to have been made in 1998 - turns out it was made in 1988 instead, serial#561, black w/maple neck and board. While I'm somewhat upset about the age issue, I can't complain too much at a price of $1500. Considering it's true age it's in remarkable condition ... not a ding on her, and even though I'm sure it hasn't been set up in ages it plays wonderfully (never played a Fender jazz or even a Lakland J.O. that I could play intricate passages on as well---it's just a heck of a lot of fun!) Now on to the questions... 1) Are the older Sadowsky's considered less desirable, and if so why? 2) What changes have taken place since '88 (i.e., electronics) that affect the tonal characteristics of this bass in comparison to their newer bretheren? 3) I want this bass to be in it's most optimal playing condition and I don't have a great deal of faith in the local guys I use to get that done...so....I'm thinking of sending it to Roger for a setup and whatever else he might think it would need (?)....I think it would be money well spent - would you agree? 4) This is almost a non-question because it's so much more subjective, but I'm curious as to what strings you guys use on your Sad's? The strings that are on mine are ancient - the owner (supposedly) gave up playing some time ago - heck, there wasn't even a battery in it when I got it. I'd better stop there (for now!). I appreciate your advice guys!