Sound is subjective. Too many variables: Cable, amp, tone settings, the individual who is playing, touch, vibrato, strings. The list is endless. Quality, on the other hand, can be seen, measured, inspected. Is the fretwork good? Is the neck pocket solid? Is the wiring neat? What about the fit and finish? How well do they hold up after years of use. Are there electronic issues? I've chosen these two superb companies because they are both from New York, both are hand made and both make undeniably beautiful custom instruments. And they are both on my "new bass radar". Particularly the Sadowsky Satin series and the Fodera Monarch Standard or Standard Classic series. I was sold on the Sadowsky Satin until Sweetwater offered 0% financing and made me take a second look at the Foderas. I know there is a price difference between the two and I'm not concerned about that. I shall be financing either bass and the payments for both are coming in at about the same price. So, what say ye TB?