Another thread reminded me of this question... I'm primarily a classical double bass player (although I do still play electric bass quite regularly). Anyway, I was playing a "Messiah" (Handel, that is) gig last month at church in town. I walked into the church to set up and notice that there's basically a rock/gospel band setup on the altar. Some pretty serious amplifiers, and the kicker, the drums had a plexiglass sheild and were all miked up. So here I am walking into this same church about to play Handel's Messiah with just my bass, my bow and me (and my dozen or so colleages are about to do the same) playing completely acoustically in this pretty big space. Well, us little string players, and a few assorted winds plus a small choir made a pretty formidable, and inspiring racket all on our own purely acoustically. So I guess my question is, why on earth would these folks be needing to mike a DRUM SET, which also begs the question, how the heck loud is everything else? And WHY? This just wasn't all that big a place, and most churches I know have very good acoustics.