I've been playing passive basses for the past year or so. Took my Bongo to my last gig - a wedding. Hated the experience (and my Bongo was my #1 for many years). I've gotten too used to passive basses and felt like I was playing a entirely different instrument - had to dramatically re-adjust my playing style. But never mind that, the point... When we played any slap tunes, or I had to do anything from the 8th fret up - it's the first time in a year that I heard CLEARLY what was going on! I have to humble myself and admit I've been a lazy guy for a while. I just kind of accepted that I lose something when I switch from finger style to slap, or when I start going down the neck - but I don't want to do that anymore. I want my notes to be clear and articulate all across the board, and think I need some assistance. I know - a compressor seems like the simple, logical solution - yet it isn't. Or at least not the compressor on my head (Carvin BX700) or pedals (which I don't really like using). Open to possibility that I might need a specific type of compression though. I also anticipate the, "Duh, start playing active basses again," response. But I'm currently in love with the expressiveness of the less electronic instruments. I'm curious how other deal with this (or if they even experience it), and it seems very much to be something that only happens with my passive basses. Was never a problem in the past, only since I switched over from all active to all passive. Any and all thoughts are welcome. Would also like to know how pickup height affects the sound. I realize my strings are dangerously close to the pickups when I'm playing on the lower half of my neck.