I have limited experience as far as basses go - I've owned two; the first a plywood & now a fully carved one. I have been experimenting recently with mic. based amplification (for a better tone), but am coming to the conclusion that my bass is just not loud enough to amplify with a mic. Too much gain is required, which results in feedback way below the volume level I require (for a big band). Reading the posts on this forum I noticed that people have varying degrees of success with microphone amplification. I was wondering if one factor that might explain these differences is the un-amplified volume level of the various basses. A quieter bass will need more gain to amplify to a set level, and will therefore pick up increased extraneous noise & feed back more easily. My bass seems very quiet to me. It will hardly keep up with an acoustic piano un-amplified (I'm talking pizz. here). Is there any way to make a bass louder e.g. by moving the soundpost etc.? Or is it a case of a more expensive/better instrument will be louder (as well as having a better tone)? I've tried various strings, but can't say I noticed any difference in volume levels. Thanks for your help!