G - My Skjold 6 and yours will be cohorts. Pete's building them in the same batch. Mine's the one-piece all-ash body with the maple neck and board. I'm also going passive, although with the separate PU option rather than the C-4. I find that I've got plenty of tone shaping options on my preamp and via my right hand. My Yamaha TRB has an OBP-3 in it, and I wind up with it flat almost all the time. There's also the argument for simplicity. When I set up my rig at a show, probably 40% of the time no sound comes out the first time I throw the switch. It's never a big deal - either a loose connection from the car ride over, a plug that's not sitting tight in the power conditioner, or a dead battery. With a passive bass, there's one less thing to go wrong. And, fewer knobs. In any case, I look forward to seeing our children grow up together!