Two interesting mic thoughts from me. Firstly I am going back to the AMT. Many of you know that I had one for many years and loved it but then sold it because I found I didn't really need it anymore for regular gigs. For concert situations I would use a stand-mounted mic (often an Audix D-4). Although it's still early days I'm now figuring that with the move to the Wizzy 10 (from the Epi UL-110) that I may now want to go back to using a mic (blended with the Full Circle) to have a sound on gigs that I am happy with. Additionally I found that the stand-mounted mic was a bit limiting in concert situations. For various reasons, I prefer having a mic that I can move around with. The other thought is a revelation for me about mic placement. I had not been using a mic much with my Shen 7/8 Willow flatback because I was getting such a damn good sound with the Full Circle and the Epi UL-110. I've always found in the past (on another basses) that the sound near the f hole is boomy. I discovered recently in testing mics with the Wizzy 10 and also yesterday in the recording studio that on my Shen at least, it's actually a great place to put the mic. I believe a large part of this is attributable to the flatback design. I got my Shen (replacing a beautiful Italian roundback) because I wanted something with a more focused sound. The roundback especially under the bow, had a huge sonorous sound that would fill an area. The Shen on the other hand especially with pizz, just shoots the sound right out like a cannon. In the studio yesterday, the recording engineer put his hand near the f hole and said the amount of air coming out of it was unbelievable. I definitely can't put the mic too close to the f hole but about six inches away, I can get an incredible strong signally and it's not muddy at all. Of course that's on this bass. End of random brain dump.