I was at the PA guitar show yesterday and saw my 1st set of sadowsky metros at the guitar villa booth. I'll have to say i was very impressed. It seems that they live up to the hype. I got to play a "vintage" 4 in white with a maple board (which i'm assuming was alder, although they list the vintage basses on the website with rosewood boards and alder bodies), and a "standard" ash body/maple board in both the 4 and 5 string flavors. All were very cool, the vintage one sounded a little "fatter and warmer" but it was subtle. The five seemed to be the lightest one of the bunch by a hair. All the basses sounded and played great. The only odd thing was that on the vintage bass the maple board was a seperate peice of wood like on all of the nyc basses i've seen, but on the two standard basses the beck and board were one peice of wood. This was odd, and kind of a bummer as i always liked the idea of the fingerboard being a seperate peice of maple. Overall I have to give the basses the thumbs up, and at under 2k, they're right there with mike lull and other jazz copies.