I remember reading (on TB?) that Richard Bona converted his Fodera to completely passive - which I find interesting, due to the fact that the preamp in his bass (a Pope, I'm assuming) would be pretty versatile. What does doing something like this involve, and what are the benefits? What kind of modding is involved here? I've also heard of people wiring the pickups straight to the input (ex: Anthony Jackson). Is this similar in nature to what Bona did? There's gotta be more to it than just not having to worry about changing a battery anymore, right? Wow - that's a lot of questions for one posting... I'll stop now. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!