OK, folks, I thought I'd start a new thread now that this bass exists. Mods, feel free to merge it if you're in a cruel mood. Anyway, this showed up at my office today. When I opened the case, I just gasped, and it took me five minutes to catch my breath. The sad part is, pictures can't do this bass any kind of justice. It emits light on its own. It's a piece of art. I e-mailed Kevin and told him that, although I hadn't played it, it wasn't coming back to the shop even if it sounded like a Wishnevsky. I got a nice e-mail from Roger later on ... he's a first-class guy. Anyway, I got to play it for a while tonight. When I started playing though, there was a BIG problem. It was out of tune. I mean, a brand new Sadowsky bass, and it's out of tune! Luckily, I have a rack tuner with my amp, so I took 30 seconds to tune it up. Then it sounded fantastic. Now I see why you want the vintage tone control on these basses. As I had hoped, this bass has a lot of bite (more than any other Sadowsky I've played). It really sizzles, even with the treble flat (all the way down). You need to roll off the VTC a little to cut some of the string noise. It's got all the tone I had hoped for, and more. Options: Fancy gold hardware, abalone dots, ebony 'board, and the fabulous reverse-wired pickup blend pot. Now I'll have to decide whther it ever leaves the house. One last thing, Rader, I no longer covet your spalt ... that much.