Greetings from the southern hemisphere. DB knowledge in my village is somewhat lacking and I am a novice DB player from the EB ranks, so thanks TB for a great site. String 'choice' here is a misnomer: Thomastik / Stentor brand / Ddandario. Concensus on talkbass appears to be that Thomastik Spirocore are no good for Arco ... yet Thomastik specifically state 'equally effective when playing arco or pizzicato! I love Arco, especially deep n dark sounds on the E&A strings. With my current Stentor brand, the D&G strings are barely playable Arco! Even for an enthusiastic novice! (I dont like the nasal mids they produce).Thomastik is all that I can lay my hands upon locally! I was send a set of Spiro Orchestra S42 medium for my 3/4 bass. But I read that I should have 3885's instead cos the S42's are for 4/4? Reading on Bob Gollihurs site, he prefers Corelli's, but the gauge may not suit my 'darker' needs? Oh woe is me ... Someone mentioned Jurazek (think I got it right) are dark, but ha, this is Africa baby! My last resort is to buy via the net ... but what? Open for suggestions and info. Thanks, A.