Hi all: I recently acquired a Spector Euro 5LX in a somewhat complicated trade. While I had expected the bass to have the EMG 40TW switching coil pickups, it instead has the EMG 40DC pickups and the TonePump circuit. It really is a lovely bass in terms of construction and playability, so I decided to go forward with the trade in any case and then make up my mind where I wanted to go with the pickups/preamp. Well, the 40DC/TonePump combo really isn't doing it for me, either in terms of basic pickup character or in terms of onboard tonal flexibility. It's not bad. Not at all. But in a bass this good I'd prefer to have just what I want. My options at this point (as I see them) are as follows. Since all of this would have to be sight-unseen really, your collective advice would be valuable. Approach 1: EMG 40TWX pickups with push-pull coil switching on the two volumes and an EMG BQC control system with stacked bass/treble and stacked mid gain/mid frequency on the other pots. That's four control holes in all--what I have at present; Approach 2: Passive pickups with my preferred Audere pre-amp. I'll note up front here that I have an Ibanez SR700 into which I put U.S. Bartolini pickups and an Audere Pro-Z preamp. The results are very gratifying for me. The Audere is beautifully transparent, and highly flexible tonally. If I take this route, I will stick with Audere, so let's not take that one up. The pickup choice is important though. I'm looking at one of the following: (i) Bartolini M45CBC Classic Bass pickups in the EMG40 case (ii) Nordstrand Dual Coil Soapbars DC4 in the EMG40 case: parallel or series? Which way would you folks think I should go? You know my feelings on the Barts (I love 'em), but I'm wary of doing anything that won't meld well with the Spector and (short of the B string) I have that sound already in the Ibanez. Over to you...if you have practical experience with the pickups in question, especially in Spectors, that would be fabulous.