Best bargain basement / import PUs?
I've been curious about the world of low-end bass pickups. They don't seem to find much discussion here on TB, as opposed to the amount of debate you'll find re Guitar Fetish / Artec stuff on just about any mostly-Western guitar forum.
For my part, I have an SX Ursa 2 with stock pickups. I definitely like the Ursa but-- call me old school and/or skinflint-- I'm not sure a $120 bass merits a $100 pair of new DiMarzios, let alone a set of Bardens. The stock pickups sound pretty good overall, actually, but are prone to getting a little microphonic at the gig when run through my Zoom MS-60B, an occasional source of embarrassment. I'd like to replace them with something more uhhh "instrument-appropriate" in terms of total expenditure, but I also don't want to spend the money only to end up with essentially the exact same pickups simply rebadged.
I also noticed that David Certain builds his lower-end custom models with explicitly-unnamed "secret weapon" import PUs. So I'm guessing someone must be making passable imports.
Again, I've done pickup-forum queries on all the usual suspects and I am sort of shocked at how little ANY of the cheaper pickup options ever seem to earn discussion here. Any brand- / seller-specific good experiences and/or personal confessions?