So glad I've found this website. An amazingly good, informative resource. So good in fact, I've become a supporting member! Anyway, down to business. As the title of my thread suggests, I'm a new Palatino VE-500 EUB owner. I absolutely love it! An amazing piece of kit for the price. £420 new from ebay UK. Bargain. I've done some scouting around on the forum for a day or so before deciding to post this now. I've picked up some interesting tips and tricks which I'm certainly going to try. 'Koolhands' suggestion of using rubber under the bridge is of particular interest, as is a new bridge set up with new higher gauge strings (when funds permit of course!). My question really is about getting the most out of my particular setup and gear, rather than modifications to the bass. Namely my new Palatino VE-500, a Behringer BX1200 amplifier and a Harkte VLX Attack pedal. So far I have found the sound to be thin and lacking in depth. I had hoped that the Hartke pedal would help with this, but so far no luck. Also, I'm a little confused about using Piezos with the Behringer. Would it be just better to bypass the pedal and use the active input of the amp instead? I currently use an Aria Sinsonido with the Hartke as well, and I get a superb sound, so I'm at a loss as to why the Palatino should be so different. Perhaps a dedicated upright preamp might do the job better? Which would be the best choice for my bass/amp combination and why? I'm sure some of these questions have been asked and answered else where in the forum, but any information that can be offered wound be gratefully appreciated. Cheers.