i was at a music store yesterday buying some new strings for my 5 string and i noticed a couple of acoustic basses there. I've been looking to get one so i played this one nice looking small scale Hohner. It was an active bass but had high action and bad strings so i guess i didn't like it. Then i played this passive Dean acoustic bass with a nice set of strings and low action. I liked the way the Dean felt but it was a little bigger. I had my eye set on the Hohner cuz of the look more. But had i bought it and changed the strings and lowerd the action would that make a big difference. I mean i liked how they both felt when i played them. Does active really mean better??