Out of the bazillion basses I've had, I've only had one other bass that I used in passive mode, a Bacchus, and now with an all-passive Yamaha. This sucker has tons of growl, sustain, and most suprisingly, a lot of versatility without a preamp. I do prefer master volume and blend knobs for live settings, but I only really use two main tones...fingersyle, and slap. So, no biggie, as I can dial up P and J tones quickly, if needed. It's nice to not be able to constantly fiddle with eq knobs, too...did that way too much with on-board midrange eq. I realized, perhaps most of all, that I can leave my bass plugged in, with no batteries to die during a gig! This bass might change my tune with my preference towards active ones. What you say?