I am going to avoid using the name of the manufacturer here, because I don't want this to seem like I am bashing them, it just seems a little exhorbinant. It also seems like this belongs in this forum, and not the pickups forum because the pickups are a pretty secondary part of all of this. I recently bought a bass used that originally came with a custom wound bart. Somewhere along the line someone replaced it, so now I have a non-original bass. Fine, no big deal. So I email the manufacturer asking how much it would be to have the pickup replaced back to original stock form. Or, if they can't do that, since it is custom wound, what current production bart is closest to the original? Well I get a timely response telling me that it would cost 280 dollars, total. Including shipping back to me. Does this seem a little absurd to anyone else? 250 to replace, 30 to ship. The shipping is fine, no dispute there. But 250 dollars to replace a pickup? That seems extremely excessive to me.