About a year ago I bought a Behringer Bass V-amp Pro. After fiddling whith it and getting to know the features, I am certain that I can get any combination of tone. By this I am referring to any combination of bass, pickup, amplifier and speakers. in short you name it and it can probably be dialed in and set as a preset, all along being played through the same rig and bass. alot has to do with the deep/split, mid/shift and presence knobs. so why do so many people still spend way more on pickups when they can have any combonation just by pushing a button. I'm not trying to say anything bad about anyone. I've just been enjoying my rig for the past hour or so and was pondering the question.