I've been an active player for most of the time I've been into (insert dramatic reverb here) The Bass Guitar DUN Dun dun ... (1992). Of the twenty seven basses I've owned only two passive basses come to mind (a fairly nice MIM Precision, and a Ric 4003), both of which have gone the eBay route long ago. A few weeks ago I bought a Squier Vintage Modified Jazz 70's bass. I bought it as a testbed for some ideas I'm working through. I eventually will use whatever I end up developing to construct my 12th Warmoth bass. I figured it was better to spend $300 on a "cheap" test-bed bass to get these ideas worked through than it was to wait to save the money and build a Warmoth and use it to work out the prototypical ideas. It's sortof backfired on me though. I've come to really like the sound of this VM-J. I was also rudely reminded that passive basses really need impedance buffers (so to speak) to make them sound good in things other than dedicated bass amps. So I've been using some mic preamps, and a few DIs I have (passive and active) to provide the passive electronics in the VM-J the loading it likes to make it sound good. I've kinda landed on one cheaper mic preamp that seems to work good, for now. So my question would be -- What do you folks like to use? Do you have a "never play without" DI or mic-preamp that you use with your passive bass? I used to have a pair of Avalon U5 preamps - sold them because I thought I'd never need them. Dang me! Anyhow, what say you? I'm just seeking opinions and conversation about this topic. It may help steer me to something I'm not aware of (and there is a LOT I'm not aware of!) Thank you!