With all respect to David Gage and Ned Steinberger, this pickup is brutally dark. I read all about it's dark tone from many here on TB but I didn't realize it would be this intense. I am running it into a high end Blender (D-tar Solstice) and then into a Portabass 250 head. I have the controls on the blender set at Bass-0 Mids-0 and Treble-9. I have the Ampeg set at Bass-5 low mids-0 high mids-0 treble-9, ultra high pushed in AND the tweeter on full. This still produces a dark tone from the pickup. I have read so many great testomonials from realist 'endorsers', but can't for the life of me figure out what kinds of amps they could have possibly been using. BTW- My bass is a laminate but has a nice tone, not dark at all. I also own the Clarus but run either head into a PB110 cab which is voiced very even and clean. Any other pickup I own would (and does) sound like sizzling bacon with those settings. I admit, up to a puny volume the Realist sounds nice. It sounds nice because there aren't any frequencies being heard (or amplified) other than lows therefore Arco playing is acceptable. I will go on ahead and blend it with another piezo to bring in some high end and clarity but I wonder what the thought process was while beta testing it? Since the MAJORITY of the users find it unusably dark, were all of the beta testers short on high end hearing? Curious to me that's all. I will keep it though I think. Only the 5th pickup I've tried this month.