Hi all, I'm about to make a move on new pickups for my Lakland 55-01. I have already replaced the preamp with a Demeter BEQP-1 which sounds clean and full, and clearly shows the deficiencies in the stock MK-1s. Incidentally mine has the Tyler mod, with switchable EQ center points on all three bands. The heart of the post: All you 55-01 modders out there, which was your personal favorite between Bartolini MK5CBCs, Nordstrand Big Singles, Big Splits, and DC5s? I'm not sure which ones will best match with the Demeter. Tonewise I do enjoy the Bartolini organic, full, natural sound. I also dig some of the things I'm hearing on youtube clips with Nordstrands, that modern warm sound with a bright top. The DC5s seem amazing for their chameleon ability, though I wonder if the giant single coil thing would be more appropriate and also cost-effective (them DC5s ain't cheap! Though ultimately money is no object, tone is utmost.) The styles I'm playing are mostly funk/r&b/soul and blues, with some jazz sometimes. I would like to be able to extract an aggressive rock sound as well. I'm thinking the Nords would have a more aggressive sound when pushed, while the Barts would tend to want to stay clean? It seems difficult to find good sound clips for direct comparison on the web. Sure wish the old Basstasters site was still being updated! Here's a couple of youtubes that I've found that seem pertinent though: Big Singles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YziXggTfWM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXjG7B2aHPc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbvXEUiskeM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCJ9gavUP4 (love the Carey Nordstrand comments in this one!) DC5s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AmDZ93UMKg (love the variety of good sounds after he upgrades) I really like the warm yet clear sound of the Big Singles. I notice that even among the different basses I still hear that characteristic coming through. The only thing that concerns me is single coil hum if I solo a pickup, but I notice that I have hard time finding builders using Big Splits, they seem to mostly use Big Singles and DC5s. Is there a reason the Splits aren't use more? Or am I just not finding them, perhaps. So, I think from the DC5 video I have a pretty idea of how those might behave compared to Big Singles. Also from what I gather, the Big Splits are 90% of the Singles' tone, but silent when soloed. The mystery for me personally is the Bart MK5s. I'm gathering that these should be in the same personality realm as the MK-1s, but without the harsh highs, and with much improved midrange presence and a tighter bottom end? (the MK-1s are sooo loose in the booty! Such a hyped sound overall to my ears.) Would the Barts be more of a meat-and-potatoes classic supportive tone, as compared to the rather modern-sounding Nords? Or are they closer to each other than that? Mostly looking for poll votes but as always any replies are appreciated. Apologize for my lengthiness, but I seem to suck at terse posts. Cheers all!