I'm pretty sure this hasn't come up before: I use a Realist and particularly love the thuddy acoustic attack, and the balance between pizz and arco, but am constantly frustrated that I can never get enough top end out of it, no matter how much I shape the signal. Great, it never sounds nasal or scratchy, but sound engineers often complain that the signal they're getting isn't useful. Also, it's not supposed to require a pre-amp, yet sometimes I'm told my dignal eis too weak, and I do have to crank my amp up to the max all the time. Ned Steinberger told me I should use a short high-quality lead, but I suspect there's more to it than this. I've tried my realist on numerous basses, but always with the same result. Any ideas?