I have been looking through the forums in my search for a new pickup (to replace my Realist) and the Stat-B caught my eye. There are a few scattered posts about this pickup on the forums, but I feel that it deserves its own thread and I am looking for more recent comments on its effectiveness. First, my rig: Fully carved Schnitzer bass --> Realist --> AI Contra. I get a very full sound with this setup, but I don't think that it is really the sound of my bass. It misses out on lots of high register stuff and doesn't capture articulations. It's almost like... my sound, but dumbed down. There are a few other problems I have with the Realist. First off, I am afraid of it leaving an indentation on the top of my instrument (perhaps it's already done that, I don't know). Second, I have no way of telling how much tone I am sacrificing by having the pickup on, but the idea of putting a piece of metal in between the bridge and the soundboard worries me. Finally, I decided that I need a pickup that can be removed without having to risk the soundpost collapsing. My criteria for a new pickup: - Good sound for arco and pizz (evenness in all registers is especially important) - Will not harm my instrument or require cutting into my instrument for installation - Can be removed/reapplied safely and easily Are there any Stat-B users out there who could give me a word or two on this? I understand that every pickup sounds different through every amp and on every bass. One thing I am wondering is whether the Stat-B can be taken off without great hassle, if I want to go play a classical concert, for example. Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. Thanks in advance for all the help I'm sure you'll give me!