So I've got a 20+ year old handmade by a local luthier bass. Bubinga body with a wenge neck. It had an old 2 band Bart TBT preamp and Bart DC sized pups. I always found it a little "mellow/dark" sounding. Talking to beatbassgear, (awesome customer service and quick communication!) the old pickups are likely more akin to their current "Original" or "deep tone" style pups, Recently, I switched out the preamp for a BassMods 3 band with an active/passive switch. Helped me get some tonal range for sure, but still not hearing what I want out of it. I have a jazz bass, so I've got the single coil sound, and more "classic/old school" that it provides. But I'm looking for a modern, punchy, even aggressive sound from this. A hard rock to heavy metal bass. And yes, I've tried various strings. So my choices for the DC size are down to these, and would prefer humbucking/hum cancelling: -Bartolini BC4CBC -Nordstrand Fat Stacks -Nordstrand Big Splits -Aquilar DCBs Here's BBG's full range in that size: http://bestbassgear.3dcartstores.com/BC-Shape_c_402.html Did I just ask for "the best pickup for metal"? Lol Definitely not looking for old school thump (ie. I don't play mowtown) Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.