I am about to purchase a SUB Ernie Ball 4 string. The price difference is only $50.00 between an active or a passive model at G.C. I like the idea of a passive bass without any concerns with batteries or possible problems with electronics. My questions are, does the passive model give a true Stingray tone or does the active model give the more accurate tone? Also, was there ever a pre-ErnieBall passive Stingray and is the traditional Sting ray tone an active or a passive one?Which one would you all buy?