and it's a vast improvement. I got a DeArmond Pilot Plus 5 cheap off ebay, but the pups were junk. I mean they didn't sound that bad, but they were'nt five-string pickups. The B was almost inaudible. A 'pitter sold me some almost-new J99's for what I thought was a good price. Turns out the DeArmond pups are slightly smaller than standard J-bass pups, so I had to do some routing. So anyway, to make a long story longer, I put the Carvins in, and they sound great. The preamp in the Pilot isn't terrible (pretty quiet to boot), so now it's a giggable bass. I may change the preamp one of these days (thinking either Duncan three-band or OBP-3), but the pickups will probably stay.