For the benefit of those who don't own a mic allow me to indulge: I now know the experience of amplifying my upright and wondering whats wrong with my amp? I can't hear it. Then I realize the amp is fine, the volume is 'there', it's just that the micd sound was SO close to my unamped bass, my ears didn't hear it. I almost sh_t my pants on the spot. So THIS is what they mean by "my bass but louder". One word: epiphany. A sax player who'd sold me a Presonus EQ (thanks for the tip Chris F.) mentioned he had a mic Id be interested in. He said lotsa guys just dont know about these, but, they sound great, are feedback resistant (hypercardioid) and built like a tank. I tried it, had my epiphany and $ 100 bucks later am a happy frickin clam. The mic is a "Countryman Isomax 2 H". A TB search for this mic came up zilch. Either the mic folks know of it, but weren't impressed, or the sax player was right on and this thing's a real "sleeper". To my ears, it's exactly what I wanted, me but louder. What youll find on the web about Countryman and Isomax are 2 main products, both industry standards (which I took as a great sign): one, a DI, the other, the smallest most widely used professional headset mic. Countryman also makes mics that are used in Broadway shows hanging above Choirs and such, or hanging off broadway performers lapels. Tiny, full range mic's. A pic of my setup is attached. Full Circle, Biesele and Isomax. The mic has 2 patterns (2 H). One side picks up less bass/low end than the other. On one gig of mine the band likes a more midrangey tone, URB that cuts. I place the mic head accordingly, near the fingerboard. Another gig they like a lot of fat. I either flip the mic head around or position it near the treble-side F-hole. It's nice to have options. It was also a great experience to sit in front of my bass, plucking away, moving my ear around to hear the different sound coming off the front. You really get to hear the different tone this way to help decide where to place the mic. You mic savvy folks know all this, but for the players who want a natural sound and are about to try out the next cool piezo, my advice: save the dough and at least try a mic first. In my case I got the full shwa-shwa for the price of a K&K. Bottom line: You don't have to pay $ 600 to get the "my bass but louder" experience.... My big test on LIVE feedback resistance will be with a full band playing blues, hardbop etc.. I'll report back if anyone's interested.