Two things from my perspective. First, the Pope has considerably more output power AND bandwidth, the latter being key. Second, the mid control on the Bart IIRC was kind of an add on, at least for the early TCT, which was originally a two band. The two band TCT sounds glorious, a la Marcus Miller. The added mid circuit adds absolutely nothing of value and actually causes the preamp to have a much more compressed output, which chokes off the tone of the instrument. You end up with a feeble compressed output, which does the instrument no justice whatsoever. The folks at Bartolini seem to have continued in the wrong direction with the NTMB etc progressions. IMO, they would be much better served to just get back to the original 2 band circuit, and go from there. The Pope has a 4 band circuit, which is far more practical. It is essentially the two band with both low mid and high mid added at no cost to the overall output dynamic. Those two mids are completely practical. Just a far superior circuit, which offers intelligent voicing options with none of the compression and plenty of output headroom. All of which suits the woody character of the early Tobias instruments to a T. Pun intended. I actually think Mike would be better served to migrate his MTD's to the Pope; but, I also know that he and Bill Bartolini are long time friends. Which speaks to Mike's character and integrity. IMO, YMMV.