In my lesson yesterday my teacher told my something quite interesting. He asked if I take of my Fishman pick-up when I play Orchestral stuff because it can mute and hamper the sound of the bass because of the clamps. I wanted to know what everyone else thought about this. Also I am getting kind of tired of the Fishman. I've been looking at the Bass Max and the Realist. Is the Bass Max a better pick-up than the Fishman or will it leave me unsatisfied just like my Fishman? Also is the Bass Max that big of a step above the Fishman or should I just dish out the extra 80 bucks for a Realist? Thanks.