The Skyline Darryl Jones (passive) will run right about $1000 shipped. The Fender Marcus Miller w/ the upgrade to an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp (see OBP-3 thread in setup) will also run right around $1000. There is actually a place in town that carries the Marcus Miller for the same cost as online (amazingly enough). They are letting me test out one on hold for another customer tomorrow. Tried a Skyline Joe Osborn and liked it. There is just something about the MM that I also like. For what its worth, I have heard the MM is really heavy. I currently play a 6 string bass, so it shouldn't be any worse that what I have now.