I've had this bass for many years now and I've always known it has this ancient mic mounted to the top of a very long, thick endpin with an old harmonica-style amphenol screw-on jack near the bottom but I never used it. I recently bought an adapter (one of these bad boys) to try it out but I was disappointed for a couple reasons. 1) PITA to attach and leaving it on is a bit awkward and dangerous during transport as I'm worried about it getting caught on something. 2) I had to crank the gain and volume almost all the way up on my amp up to get any useable volume (~200W...should be more than enough for what I'm doing...it is using bass guitar anyway). My questions are these: A) Does anybody have experience with this kind of setup and if so do you have any suggestions as far as getting a normal volume level? B) Would it be practical to try and replace the mic with something newer? C) Is there a practical alternative/replacement to the harmonica-style jack so I don't need the adapter? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!