I just discovered this forum, and I've read a lot, so now I'm just fishing for opinions. My wife has given me the OK to get a new bass, and I've narrowed it down to just two choices, really (both four string basses). Neither one is available in my area, and while I have played some other Lakland models and loved them, Sadowsky has such an impeccable reputation that I'm sure I'd be more than satisfied. Choice #1: Lakland Skyline Darryl Jones, maple neck, w/j-retro preamp. Choice #2: Sadowsky Metro MS-4, Swamp Ash/Maple neck (can't afford to add on Sadowsky preamp at this time -- maybe Outboard model later on). I think either way, I'd be thrilled, but I'm wondering what people think about how important it is to have the preamp option. Obviously, without the preamps, the Sadowsky is about $800-900 more than the Lakland so the cheaper DJ bass would allow me to get the J-retro installed now. I much prefer the color choices of the Sadowsky, in particular the '59 sunburst Standard, but color isn't as important to me as feel and sound. Any opinions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!