For years now, I've been watching American Idol. Partly because I do like hearing (some of) those people sing, but also because I love the band and especially Ricky Minor's stuff on bass. I always see little glimpses and remember him played 4/5 string Ken Smith basses, and you can hear that distinctive midrange tone too. But tonight, he appeared to be playing a 4-string Sadowsky Couldn't get a real good look at it, but I think it was blue. And the tone was different too, in a good way. Very deep and powerful. I might prefer his Ken Smith tone though...I'm not sure. To me, the Ken Smiths have a little more 'character' to their tone. I'm I crazy or does anyone else notice this kinda stuff too?