Thanks to all who responded to my last enquiry - I shall try a few suggestions (feedback elimination) and report on results. Having read a few comments on the whole array of combinations available I am not going to try new amps etc for live work just yet - But reading the postings here I am interested in responses to some queries I have as to recording technique. I do record mine and other peoples material reasonablely regularly . I usually do a mix of pickup and mic'ed source . I have tried various options - AKG414, Sennheiser 441 , Octava Large diaphragm Condenser, and lately -Studio projects Tube Large diaphragm Condenser . The last combo seems to get a good warmth to counteract the ( in my opinion - needed -) solidity of the pickup . I am interested to hear what others may have tried- and whether use of the pickup is to be abandoned . I am also interested to hear to what extent reverb is is used on DB in recording - I have not used it much - but I seem to be hearing it more & more on recorded DB . I am wondering whether we are making a rod for our own back here because no- one actually listens to live DB in the same way as a microphone (ie 20- 20k 2'' from the body with reverb &compression) . It 's not surprising the sound live does not sound like that latest recording. But then if you are doing this (recording& playing live ) - you have to sound - hopefully- as good as the next player . SO what do you think ?