Well it's the age-old question of how to get a better live sound form my acoustic. I've heard alot of grief lately about the Taylor expression systems. I cannot understand why. these pickup systems sound so natural its crazy. However, my main gigging guitar is a Martin 000-18 I have an LR Baggs matrix infinity in it and when the venue allows (soundwise, feedbackwise) I add a AT831R pointing at the fretboard. Sounds fantastic! But it looks like hell. The problems are obviouly feedback and also the pain in the ass of taping it up every day. It's gaffer's tape, so dont worry it doesnt harm my guitar at all. The AT8444 would make things lot easier but still a huge pain to rig up each night. Oh and it's 50 DOLLARS. yeah no. I bought the pickup partly becasue it had the option of adding a mic here's what the manual says: "Second Pickup Source Option A second source such as a microphone or magnetic soundhole pickup may be added (fi gure 6). The output will appear on the ring connection when a tip-ring-sleeve 1/4” jack is inserted." This does not work becasue condenser mics need power and the pickup will not power an add-on mic. Has anyone tried this second picup option? I have never run my acoustc into a dedicated preamp and im thinking I should try this also. What do you use for a preamp? One last thing, I have considered coming up with a clever jack that has a stereo +1 jack. like the smartphone earphone jacks but 1/4" instead. that way I can run my mic and the guitar paickup with one cable. anyone heard of this before or have any tips? something like this? Ignore the pinout labels etc: Thanks for reading, sorry for the long post!