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Posted by Lightnin' ( on August 26, 2002 at 17:10:42:

I recently added an acoustic upright bass to my instrument collection. I got
a good deal on a third hand no name carved bass. I put a realist pickup on it
thinking this would be a good versatile pickup. I like the realist sound.
The problem I have is when I'm playing rockabilly, I have a hard time playing
loud enough to compete with the drums and guitar without feeding back. By the
way I play jazz as well, hence the carved top bass and the realist pickup
instead of the K&K Rockabilly pickup system (although I would consider adding
a fingerboard transducer for rockabilly if K&K offered it as an add on like
they do with the golden bullet mic from the golden trinity system [anyone from
K&K listening?]).

I am using a GK 700RB head with a Hartke 4x10 and a Peavey 2x10 cabnet. This
setup is usually more than loud enough with my Warwick Streamer LX electric
bass. I can turn it up to 9 or 10 when the guitar players really start to
crank it and thump right along with them until our eardrums start to bleed.
I can only crank my upright to about 7. If I try to go any louder, I go into
a nasty feedback loop that rattles the windows. Unfortunately a 7 on my
upright isn't quite as loud as a 7 on my electric, and it often gets lost in
the mix at our normal jamming levels.

Any recommendations on how to get a little more volume out of this system
without breaking the bank? I'm willing to try another pickup or a preamp or an
equilizer. I'm just not sure what is going to get me the most bang
(or decibels) for the buck.

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