Hi all, very curious to get some input from the masses on this one. Rumor has it that right around the same time Ron Wickersham was creating the first few active basses (Alembic) for Casady and Lesh and others, there was an old guy working at MusicMan who was doing basically the same thing. Some old fart named Leo that used to work at Fender. It just took him a while to push his design out to the market. Over the years, active instruments have become very popular 'cause they have some big advantages (relatively hum free, able to push very long cables across big stages, ability to get boost "and" cut out of the active tone controls, that kind of thing). Some people still seem to prefer passive instruments though. I can think of two big advantages to a passive instrument. One is, that you can leave the cable plugged in when you're not playing the bass. Two is, that you don't have to change the battery every six months or so. Aside from tone, can anyone think of any other advantages for a passive instrument? (I say "aside from tone", 'cause my contention is that a properly designed active preamp shouldn't change your sound "at all").