Went to GC today to see what they had in. I had a chance to play a lot of different basses, which is always nice. Something even nicer is that I had the chance to play them through an Ampeg V4B all tube head. To preface this: I'm usually a MM Stingray Classic guy, through and through.. and I would argue that I still am. However, I picked up a Stingray H (3 band, not classic) and plugged it in.. took a minute to sound right, but it did the job. To be fair, it wasn't the best sounding Ray I've played. But I compared it to an Ibanez soundgear premium (comes stock with a 3 band Nordstrand preamp with two Nordstrand Big Singles). The Ibanez blew out every single bass there. I don't think it had anything to do with being an Ibanez, I actually didn't like the playability of it.. it was just so sweet sounding. This epiphany actually makes me want to replace my warmoth ray copy with Aguilar pup with a Nordstrand BigMan! Has anyone done a comparison? On a side note, I had the chance to play a couple of SUBs by Sterling. Probably a good begininer bass, but I would never want to play one live or record. It could probably do the job, but I thought it sounded incredibly hot, the EQ was barely usable, the pickup left a lot to be wanted, the wood felt cheap, and the hardware was cheaper feeling than I had expected. I have a Warmoth P/J project I'm almost done with.. bought the Nordstrand 3 band pre on a whim because it was super cheap used on here. Glad I did, after today. I have it going to be paired with Delano pups with the big magnets, thinking it'll sound amazing with Chromes. So, summary: Nordstrand has always been the better sounding electronics that I've been able to compare.. never lets me down.