Hi! Already searched thru, found some posts that helped a bit, but looking for ideas/suggestions that would work today. I own a Conklin GTBD-7, as well as a fretless GT-7. The BD has been gutted, shielding foil placed in cavity, Barts remain, as does the "blending" pot and (unused) mini toggle. 250K's for volume and tone. Question: Looking to stay passive (I think). Replacement suggestions for the Barts? Or do you think I am already sitting well with the stockers? The fretless 7 has stock P/U's, but has an Aguilar pre installed. Due to this, I am thinking of installikng a pre in the BD-7 as well, but unsure if I would be better off with a nice outboard pre, since I do not play live at all, studio work only. I love flexability, and the ability to really wring tone form the electronics I saw JT uses (used?) Lane Poor's, but seeing as they are gone... Next up is strings... I prefer flats for the fretless. I am seeing alot of ERB'ers posting about using SIT- good place to buy sets for 7's? I play (mostly) prog rock/metal, and do not care for that "predominant-clickity-clackity" type sound (not that there's anything wrong with that ). Lastly, recording the beasts. In the past, I have done a few techniques: DI only. DI plus mic 4/2x10, DI + mic 15, DI + mic 4x12. I was planning on simply grabbing an AMI-TAB-Funkenwerk V71 DI, and then simply opting for tossing a mic on a 15 I have, or possibly grabbing a 2x10 (have 3 4x12 cabs, all loaded differently). However, I am thinking there may be a better option, especially if I opt to forgo the "onboard active" idea on both basses. Trying to stay around $500-600 here if possible. Oh- one more (oops!) Any good resources for developing ERB techniques and such? I played 4's and 5's for years (on and off), and grabbed the 7's a couple years ago, but only recently have had time to begin digging into 'em. I realize imagination is the greatest fuel, but I find other players to be quite inspirational, and have a love of instructional vids and live vids Thx!