I bought a MM Sterling last September. I love the way the bass plays, but I've grown to not like it in a band situation. With the tone controls flat, the bass response is weak. When I use the tone controls to adjust things, the bass boost comes out boomy, and the highs come out raspy (keep in mind that I play rock music with a pick). I've been trying to sell the bass off and on for the past six months, but I saw something on the web today that piqued my curiosity. Over at the BGRA, I found a review where a guy who was having the same problem took out the stock preamp and replaced it with a Bartolini NTMB preamp. Has anyone tried anything like this, and will it help to even out the sound? I'd rather keep the bass if I can do something for less than $100 that will make it sound better. Any suggestions would be welcome. Right now, this bass just sits in the case.