I'm hunting for my first (and probably last) quality bass in the $1000 range. Originally I was just targeting MIA Fenders, Skyline Sig's, and a few other passive 4 stringers. But I've become intrigued by these active Laklands. I'm just wondering how they sound in passive setting. I'm not real experienced and only have my beater Peavey P as a reference, but my idea of good bass tone definitely leans towards vintage. So I'm leary of all these new-fangled electronics. On the other hand, as I become a better player and experiment a bit my tastes and influences are broadening. So, something more versatile has its appeal. Please sell a luddite on the virtues of modern technology.