Yes, that smell of burnt toast means that my wheels are spinning less than 24 hours after getting my new bass.
The Starfire has two Bartolini preamps which can each be run at either 9V or 18V and a buffer that can be run at at least 9V, maybe more. 18 + 18 + 9 = 45, or close enough to the 48V that most boards put out for phantom power. I've yet to find an onboard bass preamp that didn't sound fatter and punchier with a little extra voltage pumped into it.
I'm already running a small mixing board to equalize the output of my various basses on stage to make switching quick and easy. What would it take to put that phantom power to work? Could it be done via XLR cable?