OK, remember this at dinnertime when you were a kid: "Try it, how do you know you don't like it unless you try it first?" I recently aquired a killer, late '90s Stingray 4 from Jivetkr here on TB. He was even gracious enough to toss in a Nordstrand MM 4.2 still in the box (ok,tube) with the deal. I set it up, plugged it in, and SHAZAAM, I fell in love. It is my 1st MM bass and it is everything and more, posted here. I now have GAS for a MM fiver. Since my budget won't allow a SR5, I thought I would try a Tony Levin OLP. I found one on the 'bay for a good price and it is on the way. I figured I would sell the Nordie and find a stock MM pickup to replace the OLP, if needed, since I loved the tone of the stock 4 so much. A friend of mine's band has a new bass player with a Stingray and wanted the Nordie. He had heard a guy with one in a recent trip to NYC and thought it sounded great. I figured, how much better could it sound than the killer tone I already have? Well, he couldn't come up with the cash and the deal fell through. Curiosity got the best of me so I swapped out the pup and OUCH.... as good as mine sounds, the Nordie is all of that and more. Bigger, fatter with punchier mids and nice, transparent highs. I will try the stock pup in the TL OLP first but a Nordie 5.2 is already on the way from Jay at Blueberry Hill. I will post the results as soon as I get it all together. To all of you 'Ray fanatics out there, you gotta try these Nordstrand pups, they're amazing!