If Sadowsky bass' are so great, why are there always multiple on the for sale board?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marcus, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Discuss.
  2. My guess would be that the sellers are strapped for cash.
  3. read that wrong.. so my post didnt really make much sence

    but um, i dont know maybe they just want knew basses, or have out grown there bass or something. i dont know, i wish i had one so i could tell you.
  4. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Because the sellers SOs decided that 5 Sadowsky's was too many?
  5. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    The owners heard about Rondo? :confused:
  6. Juniorkimbrough


    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    I've asked several people in the For Sale forum, but noone ever responds to why they are selling.
  7. The real question is if any bass is so good, why are they on the for sale board?

    I dont play Sadowsky basses, and in all honesty, dont think I ever will.

    If youll read the for sale ads youve mentioned, youll find a few things. The owners are selling because the configs of the bass for sale arent their preference.

    I know personally, I go through basses quickly (with the exception of my SR5 that is a keeper), and just because someone sells a certain brand of bass, doesnt change the validity of that bass being "good".

    perhaps instead of starting a thread that is destined to turn into a flame war, try PMing or emailing the Sadowsky owners and find out why they are selling the basses.
  8. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    With all the talk of them being great, someone probably bought one thinkg it'd be great for them. Then they find out they don't like the preamp or something like that, so to the selling forums they go
  9. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll

    Jul 6, 2004
    New Jersey
    I have had 6 basses go through my hands this year. If I had my way I would still have 5 of them. However I can't justify having more than two or three. All the basses were great, and I know I will miss my revs. I love my black HH Bongo, but I know if I find a good deal on something else or if EB releases a limited edition, its probably going bye bye.

    Some of the people selling Sadowsky's are moving up from a Metro to an NYC. Some have 3 or 4 and realize they don't play one of them enough to keep it. It seems like a very small percentage of the sellers do not actually like them. Some people realize they aren't Jazz bass people and move on to some other boutique. I know if somebody gave me one, i would probably play it for a couple weeks and think "thats nice," and then sell it or trade it.
  10. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Inactive

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds

    I am selling my Modern 24-5 Sadowsky because it is not MY sound. My Two PJ5 Sadowsky's are MY sound. The Modern is not getting any playing time and I know it won't. So why keep it?

    I have plans for a couple more Sadowsky's next year anyway.
  11. Juniorkimbrough


    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses

    I realize most people who are selling them are either doing if for one of two reasons 1.) financial reasons or 2.) their preferences whether it be sound or feel are different.

    Regardless I'm just jealous that these people own a Sadowsky.
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Sometimes even Sadowskys can run out of music.
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Perfect example. The 5-24 is the only Sadowsky I've found that is my sound. That's why I have another one on the way. One man's tone is another man's noise.
  14. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Some thoughts:

    They are a professional standard jazz bass made for professional players. The different in sound between a Sadowsky equipped Sadowsky and, say, a Valenti, is not relative to the price difference between the two. I think a lot of people buy them because they are the ultimate jazz bass but then realise that the investment of funds may not bring them the results that they need for their weekend gigs. Thats not to say that if you can afford one you won't keep one anyway (god knows I would), but I guess if you are looking at a $2000+ bass and realise that, for you, you can get pretty close with a $1000 bass that extra $1000 in your pocket looks pretty good.

    Or they might be upgrading to a NYC bass :D
  15. simongpaez

    simongpaez Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    I've seen a lot of Metros on sale but not that much NYC's
  16. RunngDog


    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    What's interesting to me is how often those Sadowsky's are being sold by someone who already has one or more other Sads and are even big Sad fans/boosters -- think Tommix or Bikeplate. I think you end up with a combination of people wanting to upgrade from Metro to NYC, people who have already done so, people who bought a 2nd or 3rd Sad expecting bigger differences in sound than they got at the margin, and so forth.
  17. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001

    A Sadowsky NYC is a pretty rare thing to see for sale. I spent almost two years looking for a VJ5 in '59 burst and almost as long finding ANY PJ5 at all.
  18. Agreed. Sadowsky lovers go ape over them, and some become hyper-defensive :bag: , in a way I've never seen with any other bass. People want to see what the fuss is all about.

    Also, they have a decent resale value and aren't available in many stores so people are more likely to "buy before they try" instead of the other way around.

  19. You rang?? LOL! It is ironic that I see your post above mine here...RunngDog bought my beloved NYC Vintage 4. I hated to part with her and will probably regret it for some time to come but for me it was logistics. I have had to adjust to not being able to carry as much as I used to and as a result have gone to 5 strings almost exclusively. In fact, I just got a Lakaland DJ 4 on Tuesday and found out this morning that I will be doing a 12 month plus tour pretty soon and can only carry 2 basses and 1 of them HAS to be a 5 and 1 of them HAS to be a P :eyebrow:
    That is the gig and that is what I am going to be paid for so I have little choice if I want the gig (really cool one at that!!!) So do I let a bass like my NYC just sit in the case until someday I decide to take it out and play it? I could not see that happening with a bass as nice as she is.

    I also lost a LOT of gear I in a fire that I had to replace so I figured now was the time to rethink my rig and the way I work. The odd thing is I have just gotten to the point where I thought I had my bases covered and now I have this tour coming up. I will be primarily on in ears all the time with backline support when needed so I will probably get rid of my Shure wireless, my TRI 210 and possibly my Thunderfunk as well. (I'd rather pick em up again later rather than take the chance that something happens to them and lose money again. I do NOT have the option of carrying much due to the nature of the tour. Mostly plane travel and international dates limits what you can bring!!

    It is essentially a week (or 2) at a time here and a week there type deal not very many one nighters and NO real Full time production support (this can get interesting sometimes). We have 5 players plus 1 main vocalist (the talent in this case) and 2 crew guys. We may add a 3 piece horn section at some point as it is being discussed now but everybody can bring minimal intruments and that is about it. I intend to take my Sadowsky MV5 and I am thinking of picking up a Sadowsky P or P5 possibly, which leads back to the topic.....LOL! I have multiple Sadowskys!!

    Hope that helps!! By the way, I hope The new bass is working out for you RunngDog....I'd be curious to see how you fared with her in your sessions over the weekend!! Let us know and give a review of her after you have had the chance to put her through her paces properly!!


  20. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    you could say this about ANY bass, amp, car, golf club, guitar, vase, tv, etc. etc. etc.