I'm doing a little "chicken counting before they hatch" (aka, the bass is in the mail). I just bought a Squier Protone V with the intent of upgrading the pickups, first and foremost. In fact, I really bought it specifically to put Nordstrand Big Splits into. I had them in another bass and loved them, so I wanted that magic again. The Nordys will likely carry a hefty price tag, as well as a 2-3 month waiting period. That got me thinking about some other options and I'm wondering if anyone could shed some light on my other options. DUNCAN makes the NYC-5 Passive, as well as the much cheaper SSB-5 Passive. How do those stack up? What's the functional difference? There's not a ton of info about them. DELANO is definitely not cheaper, but I had some once and thought they were quite nice. They are also available! LANE POOR, though defunct, can still be found used. Not cheap, though. I have no experience with them personally, so how do they define themselves? And while I'd like to keep it passive, there's new versions of EMG pickups (active) that are different than the old ones. What does the X series really do? Forget Barts, they are never what I want. I've had many, never liked a one. Any other recommendations? My goal is aggressive, clear, punchy pickups. The added bonus would be series/parallel switching on each, but isn't needed. Also, I'm sort of contemplating just buying some covers and covering up a set of Dimarzio UltraJazz, but that's a maybe so far. I love the Sadowsky HCs, which they are fairly similar to.