I was at The Gallery in London yesterday, (IMO the best bass shop in London bar none), and I was suitably impressed with a gorgeous 6 string F bass that I tried, it was beautiful to play and looked awesome but I found the sound not completely to my liking but for 2K it was a great instrument. I tried a Ritter as well and again I thought amazing all round looks, and the B string was incredibly responsive - but tone-wise it didn't do a hell of a lot for me - I'm sure if it was set up for me then I'd get a lot more out of it - but they cost 4K, and I just wouldn't spend that much on a bass like that. Anyway there was one other guy in the shop - upstairs - while I had been sitting downstairs and he's like mid-40s nice guy and he and I chatted when I first got in the shop, and he's sitting there trying a really nice Sadowsky Metro and I asked if I could have a go. Not only was he stunned by my playing but I was stunned by how nice the bass was, the bridge pickup was awesome. I like getting compliments for my playing but I hate it when other people say that they will never be as good as me etc. because I feel the same way about my playing compared to Wooten and Willis et al. Anyway I demo-ed that bass for him - then compared it to a Lakland - and the Sadowsky was the hands down winner - purely for recreating a vintage tone with such balls - this thing was ready for anything - plus for a 'jazz' style bass it really looked gorgeous. So the guy just emailed me today to say that he bought bass and thanked me for my help, he also said that he's going to get practising more after hearing myself play - so I feel like I have done my good deed for the week - rock on Andy, it's never too late to learn!