Ok everybody....got a question. I have an early 90's Fender P-Lyte that I recently purchased. I needed a back-up P while my Fender 78 goes in for some much needed work. I actually have become quite taken with the P-Lyte because of two reasons; it's got a really fast neck like a jazz and sounds pretty darn good, and it doesn't weigh a ton. My problem is this, it's been years since I played/gigged with an active bass and this P-Lyte is eating 9 volts like crazy. I'm getting about 7-8 hours of play-time with each battery. When I changed the first battery I had the "priviledge" of looking at the pre-amp.......it definately leaves much to be desired. Looks like someone just poured a cup of hot stuff on it and closed it up. I cleaned it up as best I could but I still get a lot of hum and noise out of it. Any opinions/suggestions as to what I could do to alleviate the noise is appreciated. I have toyed with the possibility of replacing the pick-ups with quarter pounders and just replacing the preamp alltogether. Any thoughts on a good preamp that would match with this bass? I'm throwing this out to you all before I leave for vacation in the hopes I'll have a ton of replies when I get back in a few days. (Haha) Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read/reply......I appreciate yall's time.