Hi - just joined as a new user, and a new upright bass owner. I am very happy so far with a Cremona bass. I understand that these Chinese plywood basses are getting noticed in the bass world for a good price/performance ratio. I could not agree more, as my used one (with gig bag, french bow, and a new set of Spirocore strings set me back only $300.00! I am wanting to find a nice pickup to use this bass with my 50w Crate amp as a monitor, and feed the output to the house pa. I'm thinking either a Fishman BP-100, or a K&K Bass Max - as far as preamp, I am thinking the K&K Pure Preamp (with 3 EQ knobs vs. only 2) might be a good product for the money. This bass is going to be used mainly with a Bluegrass band, and some in a dixieland band. I hope to hear from some experienced players that know a good sound, but live within a tight budget on equipment.