so I got the Sadowsky Metro J bass in today, Olympic White, rosewood board, Sadowsky pre-amp, yadda yadda, you know the drill pictures here http://www.sadowsky.com/stock/view/m147.html the obvious question everyone wants to know (and what I wanted to know): Is it as good or worse than the NYC Sadowsky bass? well, (and note this is just first impressions), in some ways its better! and it is at the very least just as good..... the finish (especially on the neck) is better than the Sadowsky NYC basses. note here we are talkin' very subtle differences, obviously there is nothing wrong with the finish on a NYC Sadowsky. Now I don't know how those guys at Sadowsky Japan do it, but the finish on the fingerboard is something else. Hard to describe, but I can see my reflection in it for one and the finish and feel on the back of the neck is truely ideal and comfortable note please that the NYC Sadowsky I previously owned was in need of me sending it to Roger for a tune-up/check-up/set-up (nothing major wrong with it, it just wasn't in A+ shape set-up wise....this bass I have in my hands is just fast and dead on in intonation; even after making a small adjustment to the neck (to compensate for the smaller strings, went from .045's to .040's that were put on yesterday) and lowering the action quite a bit, the intonation is still dead on. I don't quite get that. the playability on this bass is ever so slightly better than on the NYC that I previously owned and on a friend of mine's NYC I can hear it now "yeah but what about the Roger Sadowsky magic?" theres plenty of magic in this bass. it is obvious to me that the guys at Sadowsky Japan are some bad MF'ers in their own right and are out to prove that they can make incredible basses (somehow I don't buy the thought that I got the only great Metro bass out of the batch, I betcha they are all great) its not light, its 9.5 pounds, no big shakes to me. No deadspots on this bass the tone? sounds like a Sadowsky to me. (i.e the tone is killer) I am easily playing things on this bass (such as Victor Wooten's tune "Sex in a Pan") that were much tougher to play on other basses (thats a good sign indeed) I am an extremely picky cat, I could see sending this back to Roger for a re-cut of the nut because I have the lighter guage strings on it. As it is though that will wait until I get another comperable bass because this will be my only bass for awhile its a keeper, thats for sure I've got a gig tommorow night (the Reggae band) and will put it through its paces then and report back to you guys after the gig. And I have some rehearsals (the funk band) this weekend to use it on as well as a recording session coming up. thats where the true test comes in, how a bass sounds in the mix.