As an acoustic bass player, sound and feel are paramount. Oftentimes, even with the best transducer pickups and amplification, all the time you spend developing "your sound", acoustically, on the instrument, doesn't come through the unavoidable perversion of electronics, especially if you need more volume. Enter the DPA 4099-B bass mic! The search for a transparent-sounding, true-to-life, high-gain microphone for live performance stops here with this microphone. If you want the natural, beautiful sound of the bass, only louder, get this microphone! I've been using it in live performances now for a month, often set up very close to drums, and have had no issues with gain, indiscernible bleed, and the great thing is how it attaches to the instrument. The fact it can be positioned at the "sweet spot" sonically is great, and the fact that you don't have to constantly try to stay positioned in front of a stationary microphone is fabulous! Also, when bowing, you don't have to worry about hitting the microphone, and the arco sound reproduction is excellent, because it's YOUR SOUND. When I am not getting phantom power off a board, I use the Headway EDB-1 acoustic preamp with a powered PA speaker, and the sound is excellent. You won't get the full output because you only get 18v instead of 48v, but for a small jazz club, etc. you won't miss it. I would definitely recommend this microphone to any acoustic bass player who wants the natural sound of their bass, only louder. I would definitely buy the DPA 4099-B again! Thanks, Sweetwater for GREAT customer service, and FAST FREE shipping!