I am sure this has been discussed before, but I have not been able to find a satisfying answer. I have never owned a bass with active pickups or electronics. Several years ago I test drove a Deluxe Jazz with active electronics. I was amazed at the response of the controls on the bass and punch I was able to dial in. My question is; If you have 2 identical basses with the exception of one having an active on-board preamp, can you get the same response out of the passive bass if you use a good out-bord preamp? Is the main difference between the two setups that you have to dial it in at the amp instead of at the bass?