As many of you know, I got my Christopher DB403 carved bass about a week ago. Well, I decided it was too nice to leave home, so I took it out on the road for a week. I didn't trust our load crew, so I left the Kolstien trunk at home, and took it on the bus with me. Nice thing was, I could practice in the hotel room. I switched to Weichs very early in the week. The hybrids just weren't getting enough 'growl' through the pickup as I wanted. It turned out that the Weichs weren't much better, but a little. I've got a realist on this bass, is there some reason why I'm getting no top end out of the pickup? I've never heard of that problem before..... Anyway, the sound man agreed, and after experimenting with different mics, we decided on a vintage AKG D12E. Wow did it sound great! He got my bass sound out to the audience, and you can't ask for more than that. The rhythm section and the rest of the band (a big band) noticed the difference immediately (I had been playing an Englehart) - and the better volume and tone allowed the drummer and the piano player to 'lay back' more and allow me to really put down time. It was a great experience, and the band played better for it. I've also gotten over that 'first battle scar' fear. It seemed like every day there was a new little scratch on the bass. I don't know where most of them came from, other than maybe the morodian gig bag was scratching it as the bass was being taken out / put away. Oh well, it gives it character. I'm more in love with this bass than before - I can tell this will be a long, and fruitful affair. I'd recommend them to anyone.