Sounds good, and glad you had success.
Depending on the height of the coil, how many turns you got on your bobbin.
With my winding methods, a 9k coil with 42HFV would be somewhere in the 10.5-11k turns.
Some varibles you can try that effects tone?
Bobbin height (between the flats), wire type, single or double (heavy) insulated wire.
If you want sweeter high strings, you might try A2 or A3, for bass A5.
I build some with the 4 higher strings A3, and A5 on the E & A.
Experiment till you find what you like.
Pots and caps, also change the tonal end result.
If your bobbin is piling up lopsided, then your bobbin is probably not mounted square to the surface it is mounted on?
Causing a wobble, when the bobbin turns.
I wound with a drill and no counter, for a few years, counters are nice, but you can guesstimate pretty close without one.
** If anyone has anything to add on first pickup winding, please do.