I recently sold a Sadowsky, my second, and I was wondering if anybody here has gone through the same experience and reasons for selling as I did. My first was a 2001 Standard 4-string with ash body, maple top and rosewood fingerboard. I ended up selling it for the following reasons, in random order of importance: -The smaller Jazz body never felt completely comfortable to me. -The 12"-radius felt too flat in a 4-string. -Because the bass was so light, the strings never had the quick bounce I like for slapping. The notes seem to be swallowed by the softness or lack of solidity of the body. There was still brutal punch, but not a quick bounce/attack, like you would get in a medium- to heavy-ash body, like a StingRay or an ash Jazz Bass. I dont know if this Sadowsky was partially hollow or if it was solid. Or maybe Im not used to such resonant bodies? It would have made a great fretless. -It was too hi-fi or clean. I have pretty good, clean technique, but this bass seemed to amplify even more than I wanted too. It never got a little dirty/grease or growly(?) to inspire my playing. Its got a very good fundamental, but there are no colors around the notes (that obviously is a very subjective description). This was true in either passive or active mode, but I tended to ran it active with the bass boosted a little and the highs flat. I sold that one and then got a 2003, 24-5, ash body, ebony board, no top. -Same experience: there was no quick bounce when slapping (even with light-gauge strings and low action) and it was too hi-fi. I then strung it with TI flats, which sounded very good, but felt I lost expressiveness (which happens with any flats in any bass, though). BTW, this bass had the VTC control, but I thought it cut too much highs. Positive comments: -To me, they are the basses that have the most fundamental-note definition: the basses can be heard clearly through any mix, live or recording. -They are incredibly punchy when playing fingerstyle. -The quality and craftsmanship live up to their reputation. You really get the feeling that they are meticulous about their work, and the fretwork is simply top-notch. Maybe Im just a fan of vintage-style basses, but now I play a Fender Jazz Deluxe and Ken Smith BSR-5 (which are modern basses), and their tones are heaven to me: a perfect balance between lo and hi definition. They dont have the presence and clear fundamentals like the Sadowsky, but they got a full palette of nuances and colors that let me express myself better, especially the Fender Jazz Deluxe. So, am I crazy? How can I prefer a $1200 Fender over a $3500+ Sadowsky? Maybe these basses were hollowed-out, and that is the reason for the lack of a quick attack?