I very simply boost the bass just a bit and adjust the VTC based on the song. Kevin told me about a recent recording experience and how he really rolled his VTC off alot to "clean up" the sound. I tried that trick last weekend in the studio and found it worked great for me.
I just was in NY earlier this month. Kevin had me play about 5 Metro Will Lee models and the NYC tester they had. Keep in mind, I already own a NYC Vintage 4. I bought a metro. I scored one that was 8.5#'s. I otherwise found the fit, finish, tone the same. Considering the lower weight, it seemed like a no brainer. Now, if you want options like a fancy top, custom color, matching headstock, etc., then you obviously want to go NYC. However, go metro if you are happy with a "standard" finish. Keep looking or talk to Kevin as they do get some in that are on the light side. You may need to be willing to balance color vs weight like I did.
I'm so psyched. My wife and I will be in NYC in early August. Can't wait to get to visit the shop and get my hands on a Will Lee. I think that is what I want to order, but I'd really like to feel that neck and see if I like it.
I agree about the unbelievable customer service. I bought a used NYC and contacted Sadowsky regarding a balance pot (mine was wired with 2 vol). They sent it free of charge!!!!
I have been buying strings, etc. from them, but August will be a deposit on my first custom order!!!!