Ive always been a straight into the amp guy, never used any pedals and always passive basses. Been going thru different basses and amps lately and not super satisfied with my tone. Picked up an active bass and liked the preamp but couldn't dial the mids out and didn't really like the weight and feel of the bass. Decided to try a SansAmp Bass Driver V2 today and WOW! It really brought my amp (Rumble 200) and bass (cheap P bass with a Duncan Quarter Pound) to life! A way punchier sound now, just improved my sound quite a bit. Switched the pedal off and the base tone was just meh. Now Im wondering how I ever got by without one. Added bonus is I now also have a DI for venues that don't want amps onstage. Win/win IMO.