Hi everyone!! i woke up this morning to somebody bangin on my door. luckily my girlffriend got up and answered it , because it turned out to be the mail guy with the two emg-35dc's i ordered from the US last week. After ringing a few guys around town i realised that the wiring for these babies was gonna put me out of pocket a little more than expected (both quotes were approx $100 aus). soooo, i decided to give it a bit of the old DIY action. and i'm glad to say, 2 hours of soldering later, my bass sounds great! the DC's are heaps cleaner and brighter sounding than the HZ's that were in there. My only issue is that when i tried running it through my sansamp bddi, my signal got all distorted. the only way to counteract it was to turn the level on the bddi down to about 3 oclock. i figured that since my pickups are now active, my signal is now hotter, which is distorting my signal. soo, my questions are; 1) is this distortion normal? 2) i didn't do the 18v upgrade that everyone recommends, i was going to do it, but then figured it would make my signal even hotter, and result in more distortion. is that right? oh, and while i'm at it, 3) i used the 25k pots that came with the pickups for the two volume pots (i already had the BTS system installed). only problem is that my old knobs won't fit on them.. any recommendations for a site that sells the 25k pots with the "push on knob" style shaft? preferably with a center detent if possible... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks heaps for any help, Andy. ps. i did a search, but i really wasn't sure what i was searching for.. pps. i just wanted to say thanks to all the talkbass regulars that frequent this site and offer up their valuable knowledge. i wouldn't have even attempted this project if it wasn't for you guys. i have learnt so much from reading other posts here. cheers!