Title says it all. I would like some help choosing whether to get the Takamine acoustic bass http://www.adirondackguitar.com/lefty/takamine/bass/bass2.htm or the Boulder Creek Acoustic Bass recently reviewed by Bass Player mag http://bouldercreekguitars.com/EBR3-NB-4.html. I just was blessed by someone close to me, who indicated a willingness to purchase either of these basses. Would love a Martin, but that would be abusing the trust and gift I am being given to ask. I want to use this as a travel bass, and to play at Bible studies in living rooms, and to practice at home when plugging in would not be appropriate. Maybe bring to the occasional bar gig when working with a singer on an acoustic. 1) Which is louder, understanding I won't be able to play with more than 1 person on guitar generally? 2) Which has the better preamp for times I have to plug-in? 3) What are the specs on the necks of these basses? 4) Does the fact that both have laminate sides have implications for tone? If so, what kind? Thanks for help in doing the direct comparison, and hope folks had a good Thanksgiving.