I have a Pedulla Rapture 5 string with the Bartolini Jazz pick ups and pre-amp. I've had it for more than a decade as a reliable backup, neutral sounding, bass that has a basic jazz tone. I've always felt it was a shame that I could never get a tone out of it that I could use regularly since it is so "polite" and, well, sort of bland sounding. It looks great, feels great, it just lacking in the zazz department. As most people have noted, Bartolinis don't have a lot of snap on the highs and tend to be a little nasal sounding in the mids. When I emailed Pedulla about the model of pickups and electronics they were using at the time, they said it was custom made for them by Bart, so I can't compare it directly to another model of Bart products. It has a very passive, vintage quality even though it has a active preamp that is OK. What should I upgrade if I wanted to make this bass a little more aggressive sounding? What suggestions for preamps and pickups can you give me if I want a more ballsy tone? NOTE: I'd rather not have to drill more holes or route the body to fit anything.