Possible scenario: New Sadowsky Metro VS Used Sadowsky NYC If it's true that playability and tone are the same, then the primary differences between a Metro and a new NYC are: - NYC has graphite in the neck - NYC comes standard with passive tone - Metro may be heavier However, I find that when comparing a Metro to most used Sadowsky basses, depending on the year made, the physical differences are almost nill. Real-world differences include: - Metro will have a warranty - NYC has been time-tested - NYC may resale for more - NYC may not have the spokewheel adjustment - NYC may not have the noiseless pups - NYC will probably have a nicer top Assuming both basses are identical (same hardware, electronics, and color, no graphite ) Which would be the better buy? The Metro's primary competition may only be used Sadowsky NYC basses, vice versa. One of each: Metro and NYC. The Metro costs $2K new and the NYC is around $2K used.