After playing an active 5 string for years, I have decided to go back to a passive 4 banger. My reasons are: 1) I just don't use the low B string all that much if at all. 2) The additional weight of a fiver is killing my back. 3) I'm tired of running out of batteries. I keep forgetting to unplug or check batteries. 4) I like the growl of a passive bass plucked hard. 5) I have played four string basses for years (decades) and it really feels comfortable. 6) I prefer a 34 inch scale to a 35 inch scale. 7) Tired of problems with electronics. 8) If I need a hi fi slap tone I'll use a pedal instead of on board electronics.