I am new to bass playing as I am also new to the forum. After reading many threads on this forum and based on budget I decided to go with one of the the Yamaha BB series 4 strings. Went down to the local Sam Ash. The problem was I didnt know which to get... the passive 414 or the active614. I started thinking I might get the passive being a new bass player and not wanting to be overwhelmed with all the electronics. They both felt great but not being experienced enough to know the difference, I put my trust in the salesman (who was NOT a bass player). The 614 sounded awsome, a lot of power. Then he played the passive 414 and it was much quieter and weaker in comparison. I didnt notice him changing any settings on the amp and he said he had the volume and tone all the way up. He said I would want the active if the music we played was loud (which it is) so I could cut through the drummer and for just $50.00 more "I couldn't lose". So I bought it. Then I started second guessing my choice. Why would so many bass players, especially in heavy bands, have passive basses if they couldn't "cut through"? I also just recently noticed that someone on the forum here said that the 414 was more "ballsy". So my question is ...was I hustled for an extra $50.00? Can a passive still have the cutting action I need to be heard? Am I sacrificing that warm heavy tone for volume? The music we play is deep and heavy .. kind of "stoner rockish" for lack of a better word .... a mix of Cream, Sabbath, and ZZ top ...if that helps. Please forgive the lengthy post. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.