Over the last 2 days, I've gotten 2 new basses. A Sadowsky Metro RS4 and a passive 4 string Yamaha BB Series in metallic orange. Sadowsky: After spending some serious time with this bass, I realized early that I can't play this thing with the p'ups wide open. It'll blow the roof off of the joint! This is the first bass that I've played that I can thump, not pluck, the G string, and get a huge sound. The sustain on this thing should be illegal. The lows are like Barry White's voice, the mids growl like the werewolf, and the highs are like glass. Boy, tell me THAT wasn't corny! This is clearly a "first and only grab" bass. Even in passive mode, this thing has huge balls. Worth every penny. Yammy BB: Bass Player was right. It is very hard to find fault with this bass. It's passive with a p/j configuration. VERY nice mids and lows. I thought the slap tone was sweet as well. LaMarquis found it hard to believe that it was an inexpensive bass. He started playing these false harmonic runs, and every note rang clear. It's also VERY easy to play. You can pull off some Rocco 16th note staccato riffs with no problems. I played both through a GK2001 RB with a GK Neo 4x12 cab. I HIGHLY reccommend both, especially the Sadowsky Metro. It ain't just hype, those things are worth the scratch!