Hooray for Christmas! My ever-so-supportive family loaded me, my wife, and the kids down with just a crap-ton of musical gear. I got a couple of bits of electronics and a cheap piezo for a pickup. Noticed that it cost less overall (had I been the purchaser) than a "good" pickup without a preamp, and had a little food for thought. I'm such a cheap sob that I always want to know how the value priced gear really sounds. When I searched before, I didn't get much direct info about my specific pickup, and some people use other versions of the stomp with DB, so I figured, "Why not start a thread on TB about getting this setup installed and sounding not-awful?" First, the equipment list. Tildey is a 25 year old Englehart with Silver Slaps. Setup is a little lower than 'billy, but still on the high side. I play mostly country and folk nowadays, with a little slap, but not much. My previous pickup situation was a mic wrapped in foam shoved into the middle of the bridge. It was not ideal to amplify and added a TON of mass to the bridge. I missed a good opportunity with a blues band 'cause I couldn't get enough useful volume before feedback, and the EQ was never, ever right. New pickup is a $40 Shadow Electronics SH-SB1 Single Disc Transducer for Upright Bass. Feature list includes a tone/volume preamp. There is no pre-amp and neither volume nor tone controls. It does make noise when I screw around with it and I suspect there's some kind of way to make bass noises too, so it shouldn't be too bad. Electronic gizmo is a Zoom B1on, which is like $50, but has all the programming (but none of the interface) of their more expensive current generation multi's MS60B and B3. I never played with a multi like this before, and it's really kinda fun to make all those funny noises some out of a speaker. About 90% of all the pedals and amps and sims and phasers and flangers and whatchamagigs will be absolutely useless on a DB. But, that other 10% is (hopefully) exactly what the doctor will be ordering whenever I get this together. Amp is a Crate BX160 115 combo from the 80's. There's a parametric bit, gain shaping, a 7 band graphic, and a couple hi/lo boosters. Seems like a dumb choice for DB, but there's a TON of shaping built right in. It also has the advantage of being located close to home. First thing to do is to get some samples of current noises for apples-to-apples later. Recording setup is also rigged up with an old laptop, a mAudio USB Producer mic, Audacity, and the shove-it-in-the-bridge pickup. Works much better for recording than in the rehearsal room. Maybe I'll find out something worth writing down for future cheap-pickup searchers.