I have one of each. A Verdine 5, a satin J5 and a Satin Modern 5. Before I got into my Sadowsky addiction all I played were J-basses for over 20 years. Ill be honest, now the J-bass gets the least amount of playing time since I got the Verdine 5 and the Satin Modern 5. Like you said I'm having a hard time finding a sweet spot. It's SC equipped so it's nice and growly but it's also very wide sounding. Boom city. Can easily take over a live mix if you aren't careful. The VW5 and the Modern have such a punch and focus. They drop right into any mix and sound perfect to my ears. Im actually having another Modern built to take the place of the J bass (the band I use it with uses a specific tuning and I need a dedicated bass). The J sounds killer, don't get me wrong - but the VW 5 and the Modern 5 were THE sounds I have had in my head for years. Now I have them coming out of my cabs.