Hi everyone! I am a clueless mom looking to purchase a first pickup/mic?/amp? for my 9 year old son. He is playing his little 1/4 size bass in a 15 piece jazz band with a bunch of trumpets/trombones/sax/keyboard/drums. Right now he is using a microphone wrapped in, of all things, a santa hat :0 and stuffed between the bridge and tailpiece. It works, but he would like something a little better. He prefers the "natural" acoustic sound of his bass, and has been hesitant to amplify it, but with these loud instruments, he really needs to, as he is getting blisters on his fingers from trying to "hear" himself over all these loud instruments. What can I buy him, that will last him at least a few years, and be flexible for both arco and pizzicato jazz playing? He is a classical player, and this is his first jazz experience. Thank you for any advice!