Originally Posted by j.kernodle
the corvette standard is completely passive and a very well made and undervalued bass. you can find them used for 500-600 bucks easily.
There was a fretless one at my local GC for years that I kept thinking of buying but it was really heavy for having such a small body so I passed on it. For the right price I would have bought it, though as it did sound really nice. Nice that it was passive which I too prefer. My only active bass is my Rick Turner and that is only due to it's needing the buffer preamp in it.
My Martin Keith Elfins (fretful and fretless), in particular have such great pickups and a cool passive set up that many people think they have preamps in them.