I am designing a 5-string bass with a single MM-style pup. I already have two Jazz basses, and am looking to build something that will give me an alternate sound. I would like to keep the cost of the pup under $100, if possible. Warmoth has the Basslines MM for $81.75. Is that the best deal for my price range? Can it be used without the "tone circuit" (additional $89.25), and just wired to normal passive volume, bass, and treble pots? I already use a SansAmp and preamp, so active pups/electronics are not a must, plus the simplicity factor, as it is my first DIY bass project. Others I have researched so far: Barts: can't find anyone who has them, or a "street price" other than MSRP. Mighty-mite: No 5 string available. Carvin: More $$$ than the Basslines, not much positive feedback. Kent Armstrong: $20 less, how much less quality sound-wise?