Ford or Chevy? Britney or Christina? Boxers or Briefs? Active or Passive? Why do most higher end (and almost all 5-string) basses have active electronics? Personally, I've always preferred the simplicity of passive (although I admit that the electronics on the Cirrus are sweeeeeet). I'm looking at a Modulus Q5 w/dual Bart soapbars but passive (volume/volume/tone) electronics. With a graphite neck, composite FB and passive electronics, I would think this would be the most solid, maintenance-free bass made this side of a p-bass. However, I have no way of knowing what this would sound like "raw". I'd probably end up using a Sadowsky outboard preamp but I'm curious as what others might think the Q5 would sound like with this particular pickup configuration. Thoughts? darrelpr P.S. Christina.