I am looking to replace the electronics in my DeArmond Pilot 5 Deluxe (neck through), and I'm shopping for a little advice. On the pickup side, I am thinking of quad coil Bart's. This alone should give me a good deal of sonic flexibility. I am also thinking about an active/passive switch, which again gives me some tonal variety. I have heard that some luthiers & tweakers prefer 2-band pres (less to go wrong, shorter signal path, less chance for the user to screw up the tone of an already great sounding instrument, etc.), but this is usually where you already have a great sounding instrument. My DeArmond, while good for the money, is obviously a fairly cheap instrument (it plays really nice, though), and won't hold a candle wood-wise (or anything else-wise) to a Sadowsky or similar axe. So, my guess is that I won't be as concerned about "messing up" the natural tone of the instrument, and instead, I may need a Mid tweak option to address natural shortcomings. So, considering that I would have a single/dual/series/parallel option AND an active/passive option, would you go with a 2-band or a 3-band pre? For 3-band, I am considering the OBP3 or the Bart HR 5.2. For 2-band, I would probably go OBP1. FWIW, the bass currently has a 3-band EQ, so I already have 5 holes (and wouldn't mind drilling more for a switch or two). Also, the bass currently sounds pretty good set flat, but when I try to tweak for room compensation (or to change tone from song to song), it tends to loose its cohesiveness, and suddently I have more sonic peaks & valleys (if you know what I mean). I think that this is more a factor of the low quality components than it is having too many or too few controls. Thanks, Tom.