How's that Sennheiser MD409 working out for you? Are you still using it? I'm thinking about getting a Model e609 Silver ... looks like it is an updated MD 409 like you showed in a past thread. The 609 looks to be reasonably priced at about $110, fairly light / skinny / small, decent freq range, supercardioid dynamic, and (what I'm most attracted by) front-address with a big "FRONT" label on the working side (for dummies like me ). Here's a PDF for those of you that don't know about the mic: http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pdf/spec/276668.pdf Background ..... I got tired of futzing with cable ties, shock cord, asparagus rubber bands , etc. trying to securely angle my Shure Beta 58A (5 bucks at Salvation Army ) up thru the string afterlengths and hang the working end between the bridge feet. The whole "wrap the Shure in a towel and stuff it behind the tailpiece" thing wasn't cutting it for me. And I don't want to spend a small fortune on H-Clamp type of devices and real spendy mics. I don't think having protruding clamps, mics, cords, etc. would work very well for me since: 1) I like to move around a lot in close quarters with the other musicians when I play. 2) I'm pretty rough on equipment and like things to be tucked in as much as possible. 3) I lay my bass down on its side during breaks or a cappella numbers. 4) I need to be able to quickly and easily shift sound gear to my other bass when needed. I came up with some super-cushy foam pipe insulation from work to get the mic head closer to the belly between the bridge and the end of the fingerboard. FWIW ... it is Armaflex unslit 7/8" ID x 1" wall thickness shaped with a sharp bread-slicing knife . Works pretty slick but I think a "front-address" mic like the Sennheiser would be better and really home in on the body of the bass while keeping outside bleed to an absolute minimum. I can quickly remove the foam mic holder (and for that matter, the Rev II pick-up) when I'm running unampped or when I want to move stuff over onto my other Kay. Do you think the Sennheiser face that close to the bass belly (would be about 1 inch with my current "high-tech design") would be a problem or a good thing? I have a Coda III 2-channel so I can control low troubles with the HPF and can do some eq'ing with the 3 knobs. Does anybody else here have any recommendations for other suitable sturdy slender front-address dynamic mics that could work with my 2 buck home-made mic holder? Thanks! P.S. Toad, if you would like one of my hi-tech mic holders to test drive ... I would fashion one up special for you (with extra length on both ends so you can custom cut for your Cleve's "sweet belly spot" and tailpiece) and send it out ASAP to pay homage to your infinite wisdom and greatly appreciated rank humour . Anybody else wants one ... I would entertain PMs and think about buying a new sharp bread-slicing knife . I can tell you right now it won't cost as much as a H-Clamp.