Call me crazy. I've gone through every high-end, active soapbars-and-fancy-woods bass around -- Modulus, Acacia, Brubaker, Pedulla, etc -- and just sold off my fave of them all for a passive Fender 5-string Jazz. The bass I traded was a Tune Kingbass 5, and I spent a couple of years searching for one. It had a fancy 3-band EQ with a special midrange notch filter in the control cavity. 5-piece neck. Carved exotic multi-lam body. Amazing proprietary soapbar pickups. I paid $700 used for it, and felt I was getting a superb deal. And I picked up this used Fender at Guitar Villa (the local high-end store) on a whim, and LOVED it. I've played tons of really sucky Fender 5's, but for some reason this one has a truly tight B string, and the other 4 strings sound like a great 4-string Jazz. I was all ready to trade in my other 5'er, a gorgeous transparent red over ash Fender USA Jazz Deluxe with a maple board, for this Jazz. Then I brought the Tune to the store and A/B'ed it with the passive Fender, and the Fender just sounded more . . . right. Thinner and less hi-fi, to be sure, but I think I've just never really liked the thick, hi-fi sound of the active-dual-soapbars type o'bass. Judging from my long line of bass trading these past few years, I was a slow learner, though! Now I have $700 invested in what should have been a $550 or $600 bass, and I'm happy about it. Now tell me how nutty I am.