Noticed this on Ken Smith's site. Does it belong in "Setup and Repair," "Strings," or here? Maybe all of the above? Anyway, I read the following, this morning: "Posted by Arnold Schnitzer, in the "Orchestral Strings" thread: I'm happy to report that the re-formulated Pirastro Passiones are a winner. When I recently strung up my #30 bass, I tried several different sets of strings; old and new BelCantos, Flexacore Originals and Deluxe, then the Passiones. These strings have the same ease of bowing as the BelCantos, but have a wider dynamic range and a bit less tension. I sometimes buck the trend at competitions, as it has become the norm to string up with BelCantos. Yesterday I learned that my #30 bass had won a Silver medal for Tone at the Violin Society of America maker's competition (the highest tone award) with the Passiones, so I will continue to buck when warranted. Thanks to my friend and colleague, Jay VandeKopple, for suggesting these strings for this bass." (Here's a link to the original post) http://www.smithbassforums.com/showthread.php?p=25732#post25732 Congratulations, to Arnold Schnitzer!