About 10 years ago, I had been playing guitar and bass for about ten years, and had low end, but decent gear Yamaha BB 300 bass and B55 Yamaha bass combo Aria Pro Guitar and Yorkville amp Upgraded my guitars, to Epiphone Les paul Classic, Fender 71 strat, and Ibanez artcore hollowbody. Now I had good guitars, but sounded not so great in my amp. So bought first Marshall hybrid, then Marshall JCM900. Now I had great guitar tone. Then, Basses upgrade. Bought first a Yamaha BBN4 with humbuckers, witch made my combo sound MUCH better, then Ibanez SR500. Now I realized I needed powerful Humbuckers to make my amp sound sweet. Sounded even better with a preamp. The P style pickup of my BB300 just wasn't cutting it. Now for my Quest for a decent bass amp. Started really well, with a 800RB, and a home made 115 Cab. Big improvement. Added a 210 Hartke. Wow, power and ability to cut through the mix, sweet. Then, SWR Working pro 410, eden 210xlt, Genz Benz GBE 400 and 600 amps, and eventually added a SWR 118 Big Ben to the 410. Gigged a year with this setup, and wow. Sold the amps, and went on to pre-power setups. SWR Grand prix and BBE BmaxT, and Crown MT1200 and Crest CA6 amps. Sold much of my cabs, and bought 810 SWR Megoliath, 410 Berhantino HS410, and AE210, eventually a used Goliath Sr at a great price too. Went and got a LM2, and a Shuttle 6.0, so no more need for the pre-power kits. Funny thing is, now that I have good quality amps and cabs, I started playing my BB300 again. The P sound is great. Also just bought a Fender Jazz, classic passive jazz tone, and it sounds even sweeter. Now, I find most humbuckers, and active basses, all have a somewhat similar fat tone, that isin't quite the sound I'm looking for. Talk about full circle.