I've got an inexpensive 5 string that plays great, but I knew going into it that I would be replacing the pickups and possibly/probably adding a preamp. Want to start with pickups first, play it passive for a while, then decide if I will put an active pre in it (when and if I get the PRE - it will in all likelihood be an Audere). The bass is set up with jazz style pickups and came set as vol/blend/tone - the passive blend just killed the output from the pickups, so the pots have already been replaced with CTS and re-configured to standard jazz setup (V/V/T). What I am looking for is your opinion - not "what's best" or anything like that, just what you like and why you like it. I am really looking at Bartolini 59CBJD S1/L1 deep pair or Delano JC 5 HE -- I'm not really looking for the "classic" jazz sound, but more modern and defined deep sound. I already have or have had various Seymour Duncan pickups, DiMarzio and EMG, which are all fine and dandy, but I want something different for this bass. What is your experience and what do like or not like about them?