Hey folks... I've read some of the past discussions of the Bartolini MK1 pickups/preamp system, and the majority have been unfavourable in one way or another. I am wondering if there are any folks out there who DO like this system, other than myself! I had no experience with them until I bought my two Laklands (44-01 and 55-01), and I must say that the preamp and pickups more than exceeded my expectations. My past active bass experiences include several MusicMan basses and a Fender Deluxe Active Jazz V. I also have been using a Sadowsky outboard pre at times since my first bass acquisition in 1997. BTW, running my Laklands in passive mode and running them through the Sadowsky outboard pre is STELLAR. Makes me wonder what a Sadowsky pre would sound like in a Lakland, perhaps in a JO4 or 5. In praise of the MK1 system, I must say that my 55-01 performed much better than many other comparable and even MORE expensive basses in my last 2 studio projects, and got nothing but compliments from the engineers; very quiet, very present & track-filling. I realize that there ARE better systems out there by far, but when not comparing apples to oranges, this system seems like a fabulous setup at its price point. Does anyone else have similar experiences? One last thing... what exactly is under the covers of these pickups? Are they a split-coil system of some sort?