Lately I've had a great deal of curiousity about trying a blend of a magnetic pickup with the piezio types I'm allready using. Right now I've got a Realist on my Kay, sometimes an Underwood too. My hybrid bass has a Bass Max that it likes a lot. My Eminence of course has it's modified Realist. All of these work well enough, still sometimes I want the basses to sound a bit different. So..I ordered a Biesele MT from Hammond Ashley last week, it's the one that has the mixer pre-amp attached to the pickup and hangs off the end of the fingerboard. It should be coming any day now, I'm pretty excited. A little scared too because a Biesele is not inexpensive! Nevertheless, I've had a bug to try a magnetic device ever since the last time I was in Los Angeles Bass Works. Lisa has a pickup system that combines a magnetic pickup, and a piezio in the bridge that looked pretty cool, but it's built into a fingerboard extention that is permanent. For me, I like the idea of being able to switch pickups from bass to bass. I'm pretty clear on the fact that magnetic pickups can offer a lot in terms of volume, but I am still hoping that by dialing in some of the Realist, I can get a sound that still doesn't sound too electric. People have said that magnetics can make a double bass sound sometimes like a "big P-Bass". That might be cool, not to have to pick up my slab for a loud funk tune! I'll let all of you know how it works out after the Biesele arrives and I can spend some time with it!