first a teeny bit of background...i've spent quite a while playing a fender deluxe lyte p-bass and i never really thought i'd see anything better. i'd made some appropriate mods (ranging from simple setup tweaks, flatwounds, etc to installing some nice duncan pickups) and i found myself with a darn fine guitar... anyway, as with everything i knew it was time for a change and if i were going to go through such a change, i may as well do it right i scratched my head for a long time and phrased the following sentence: "a _____ bass! you just can't get much better than that." well, i made a long list and narrowed it down to laklands, foderas and sad's. i nixed the first one due to availability of a four string in my area that i liked and the second one due to price, so i found myself with a used sadowsky 4 string. anyway, after a long tough wait, the bass arrived in MINT condition i must admit that the finish is about 10,000% better than i thought it would be based on the photos. i studied the guitar in great detail and could not find a single flaw...i mean not one single nit pick. the ONLY and i mean ONLY thing i could come up with after a detailed examination was that one of the felt discs under the strap pin was off-center by a hair. that was it! man what a nice bass... oh i should mention that the only "surprise" was that i was expecting a "music man" style wax finish on the neck. the back of the neck was more of a VERY light laquer finish. not annoyingly thick by any means and still very fast, but not quite a music man wax (what can i say... i love tung oil/wax finishes) may as well also mention that the guitar's setup was in pretty mediocre shape...but i won't place that on anything besides shipping ...and then i plugged it in. Now, for years i've played dead straight with flat eq. through a polytone 15" combo...i started out this way with the sad too...ahh .... brite.... hrmm....must need some flats anyway, i quickly changed strings to some fine Thomastik Infelds only to realize that i hadn't received the CASE CANDY ....... grr .......(speaking of which, does anyone know where i can get the normal set of stuff that comes with one of these) !!! you can imagine my frustration staring at a slightly dissheveled string height and slightly bowed neck. I raced to a local guitar store and picked up a few allen wrenches. I was extrememly careful adjusting the bridge doing as LITTLE as possible myself (i'll get the bass professionally setup in a few days after the neck settles) anyway, after i got rid of the awful string height imbalance and some of the buzz, i plugged her back in ... and it was... amazing using a FLAT eq, the bass is still a teeny bit briter than i am used to (due to the maple fingerboard)... but with some minor eq-tweaks, some fine flatwound strings and a bit of finger plucking...man that is an absolutely beautiful sound...so incredibly rich...so warm and smooth...every nuance of finger movement was translated into tone...absolutely beautiful...that is a DAMN fine bass. anyway, i can't wait till i can get it setup and cleaned up a bit. i need to experiment a bit more with the eq. the lack of cut in the preamp is a bit unwieldy at first for those not used to it, but i'm sure it'll all work out in the end anyway, i must say, it's about as nice as they come amazing!