I've had the Skjold's for a while now.. and I just picked up the Sadowsky. I've used it twice in live situations (and a bunch of rehearsal time).. and thought maybe I could share a little of my opinions. Up until this past weekend..... Of the basses I have been blessed to have come through my hands.. my band and I are the most impressed with the Skjold. It's just amazing how versatile the bass is. The three band pre with sweepable mids... the 4 way pickup selector.. it's absolutely the best sounding most versatile bass I've ever seen/played/heard. Besides that the craftsmanship is top notch.. completely hand built. Not only that, the bass balances perfectly, has a neck that playes itself.. well.. you get the picture. Then.. I picked up the MV5 this weekend. It took a little getting used to the pre.. boost only bass & treble... (I really wish it had a midrange knob.. )... The VTC is a great tool though. Obviously the bass looks great. 59' burst with maple board, and mint green pickguard. It's "THE" bass I have coveted after for a long while. And it too sounds absolutely amazing. The bass boost is killer... even all the way up it's got a useable tone. I've also heard that the Maple Metro's can be a little too bright sounding... but I still found myself turning up the treble about 2/5 of the way.. and the bass boost about the same or maybe more depending on the song.. rolling off a little on the VTC. (For fingerstyle grooving!!) For slap stuff.. it was a little harder for me to dial in "my" tone. Now.. the band loved the Sadowsky.. it sat in the mix REALLY well. it had "the look", and was easy (and a blast) to play. So.. let's compare the two part by part: Neck: The necks on both of my Skjolds are to me one of the best things about the Skjolds. The smoothness makes it effortless to play. The depth (front front to back) is very shallow, which my hands immediately fell in love with the first time I played one. It felt a little reminiscent of my Roscoe's, yet it feels solid as rock!. (not the Roscoe's don't... this just feels better to me). The Sadowsky has a great neck as well... but my left hand did get a little fatigued after 90 minutes of straight playing, yet it wasn't very bad, and I easily kept on chugging. The neck is slightly chunkier.. and rounder. (slightly... were not talking inches here) Weight/Balance: My mahogany Skjold is one of the heaviest 5 strings Pete says he's ever built. It comes in at 9 lbs. The MV5 is right around the same. Neither is significantly heavier than the other. However; the MV5 doesn't balance all that well. It is heavier in the body, than in the neck.... it has the opposite effect of neck dive, and actually is a little harder on the left shoulder than a bass that balances better. (i'm using a 2 1/2 inch leather strap.. I'm hoping that going to a wider strap will alleviate this minor little problem). Craftsmanship: The MV5 is a very well put together bass. the finish is amazing, and the fit of the neck joint, the pup routes, everything is top notch. It couldn't be better. The Skjold is different in that it's a hand crafted bass. Completely different animal than the MV5. And yet.. Pete's work is every bit as good. The fretwork, the pup routes, the pup covers, the neck joint.. it's all as good as I've seen in ANY bass handmade or not. Electronics: I had played a couple of Pete's basses before he started using his own custom pup's and preamp. They were O.K. Pete's new Skjold (customized East) preamp & his custom pup's are the epitome of versatility, and useability. Everything you would ever need is right there on board. The 4 way selector (neck pup solo'd/both in series/both in parallel/bridge pup solo'd) combined with the three band cut/boost preamp with sweepable mids and a bright switch.. make it seemingly impossible not to find whatever tone you want. Besides that.. it has a passive type tone control as well.... which I use more than any other knob. Oh.. it also sounds great in passive mode. I know I've preached about "how great Pete's electronics are" before.. but it's not just me.. the people that are finally taking the plunge and getting his basses are starting to say the same thing!!! Even with the bass completely boosted.. or the mids all the way up.. or whatever you can think of that normally produces a tone you don't like... it's really..really hard to get a non-useable tone out of Pete's basses. Now.. for the MV5. WOW... it too is a tone MONSTER!!! The low end on the bass is so musical. You really have to just try it to believe it. The VTC is super useful.. and is a lot more than just taking treble out of the tone. Of course I like it because it's similar to what the tone control does on the Skjolds. The only thing I wish was available on the MV5 is a mid control. I find myself wanting to tweak the mids... and just can't. However; by adjusting the bass & treble boost, and using the VTC.. you can kind of do the same thing a mid control would do.. it just takes longer.. and would be a lot easier with a mid knob. Looks: Well, personally I really like the way both my Skjolds turned out. I love the tops, the fingerboards, the pup covers, and wooden knobs. I think they look great. However; there is just something (at least to me) about a jazz styled bass. And my favorite has always been The Sadowsky 59' burst. It just oozes class and style. As a whole.. the band was really impressed with the Sadowsky. They kept commenting about how much they like the tone. And me too... I loved the way it sat in the mix... it just fit. So, last night we did a little test.. I played each bass for two songs and switched. Then we played the same songs again but I reverse the basses... (i used the MV5 where I had used the Skjold the time before). Hmm.... it was a toss up. However; there were a couple of tunes the Skjold just does better than the Sadowsky. At least for now. And that is because of the preamp and the flexibility it offers. If I could sit and tweak knobs for a while before each song.. I'm sure I could probably get the tone I wanted out of the Sadowsky, or at least a useable alternative.... it's just easier with the Skjold because of the sweepable mids... and the tone control. After swearing off 34" scale basses... I think the MV5 is going to stay around a while. For fingerstyle grooves it is really hard to beat it. But the Skjold is probably still going to be my main bass. It will do everything the MV5 will do, and more. It's the perfect one bass solution for a giggin bassist. Thanfully... I'm in a position where I can have more than one.. so the MV5 will stay a while.. and see it fair share of stage time. Dang it's tough to have such great choices!!!