After years of playing active basses I recently went back to a passive set up and have been really pleased with the results. I play through an in ear system and the active system and light combination was creating unwanted noise. I converted my 70's Jazz 5 with Lindy Fralins and Bartolini pre over to a 60's stack knob configuration and run through a Countryman Active DI to the board. Sounds great,no noise and no fear of battery failure. It will be interesting to see if I miss the preamp the next time I have to play directly into an amp. Thanks to my bass buddies that helped me get rid of the noise and land in a really good place. Happy Holidays!