I was at my local bass shop and tried an Ovation acoustic bass (4 string). I have tried other acoustic basses as well and always walk away thinking the same thing. These things aren't loud enough. If someone is playing acoustic guitar and i am playing an acoustic bass I am going to get drowned out. Sure, often they have the option of being amped, but then it sort of defeats the purpose of having an acoustic bass which you dont have to plug in or deal with any cables. I would like to be able to follow my toddler around the house while playing bass, but in order to do so I must be cable free. I was thinking of one of those mini Marshalls or Fenders that have a two inch speaker and a belt clip, and are battery powered but I dont know if they would be that great sounding. I doubt it. The acoustic bass would be a better option but again very low volume. Any thoughts?