Originally Posted by FunkMetalBass
My Circle K's have lasted two to the times as long as other brands that I've played (namely EB and DA). I use them on all my basses and haven't noticed this at all.
Do you have non-rubberized picks you can try playing with to see if it makes a difference?
I might also recommend a DA soak to see if that helps get rid of rubber particulates.
Yeah I'm going back to using my usual Dunlop .88 nylons and we'll see how it goes. I have one of the sets in denatured alcohol now so we'll see how those do when I swap them back on to the bass that's wearing a new set at the moment.
I've always had a problem with strings losing "zing" on me but it's usually a more gradual process (like days or weeks). Last night, I took out one of my basses that I hadn't played since I restrung, and it sounded great. Within 2 hours, the B string was like "thunk". I mean it still rings for a while, but the grind is gone. I compensated some with my treble on the bass, but it's not the same. That's the string I play the most on my band's current material. The E didn't do much better.
I had a clean cloth I was wiping the strings with after every song I played too. My hands felt dry as well. Can't imagine what else would cause this other than the pick material.