Thanks Rick--I was using a not-very-hot mike and couldn't get at the mixer, so as a test it wasn't very comprehensive. I've always preferred having a mike and a pickup at the same time, whenever I could do it without being accused of selfishness. (That's the blend effect I guess).
Had better results at my gig last week when I miked it with the sm-57. Guess I'll shop for a pickup. Wait I am already paying $261/month for a Japanese pickup.
But I want one my better half isn't always using! (Like right now.)