Forgive me if there have been similar posts: My needs are very specific: I need an upright style bass for a hawaiian band, where I will always be amplified. I need it to sound and feel as much like an DB as possible. I have heard good things about the floating top bugbass, but I have been reading posts where the purists here say there is a marked difference in sound. One question would be this: If I run an acoustic with piezos thru an amp, doesn't that already ruin the acoustic tone, and make it sound like a fretless BG? So, understanding that, (aside from practice,) I would NEVER not use amplification....is there still that much of a difference in sound/tone? And out of all the EUB's out there, isn't the floating top Bug or Scarab the closest in sound? I realize that Azola has some other styles that are not as easy to move around, like the baby bass and Eurocoustic series..so I am not looking at those..portability and sound are my main concerns.. Any advice would be appreciated, and no, a full size DB would absolutely not fit in the car I have right now!