Yes yes, y'all... added yet another gorgeous Sadowsky to my arsenal, and got delivery of my new Vintage 5'er from Roger & co. and big ups to Frank for his patience and staying late, so i could pick it up. needless to say, its one of the few basses that have superceded my expectations. very lightweight, balanced, the '59 burst looks golden, the bass plays like butter, and check out the spider like figuring in the headstock. also, diggin' the new Sadowsky nickel strings. was never a fan of the very bright sounding sadowsky steel strings, but after being a long time Labella Slappers user, these nickels could well be my new nickel string of choice. superb feel, and great, outta-the-box, tonal balance of smooth warmth and clarity. highly recommended. anywho, used the V5 at this weekend's gig, and the tones were good. too good. waay too good for me. but do i care? heck, no! funny story, but my Clarus started to go up in smoke during our quick soundcheck. literally started smoking from within the housing! that's what you get for using the house, "i'm beat to crap, so dont bother to be gentle" SWR cab. so, i went right into the house DI. and wow... really wow... (bows head in reverance) i'm honestly considering of just going direct at all my club gigs now. no joke. i'm serious. that's right you "amp lounge" foos! the farting monitor in front of me was annoying, but a small price to pay. soundguy even came up to me and asked, "***?" hehe... but, come out to one of our next gigs, and you'd be a believer, too.