Ok here we go. I want to tune my 4 string bass to C standard. Already got a Git. Tech who will set the Bass up now the only thing left to do is choose the Strings. Spent the last day googleing around to find out which gauge i want to use (just buying a pair and giving them a try is not an option due to me beeing "financially impaired"). From what i read people are using from as low as .045 -.105 up to "butchering" a 5 string set as high as .070 -.135 The "problem" i'm facing now is that i don't have enough bass expirience to know what i want tension wise...i think i'm using Warwick Red Label .045 -.105 i like the tension on it though the 4th string could be a bit harder and the 1st and 2nd a bit softer i used the D'Addario chart to get an idea of the tension that is on the strings (don't think there is a huuuger difference between D'addario and Warwick so i think the numbers are viable enough) which would make the tension. So now i am trying to find the strings that fit me best and want to get some opinions on the tensions (oho he finally get's to why he opened the thread ) from some more expirienced players. The Strings i have my eye on are all D'addario 5 String Pro Steels First: EPS 220-5 40-125 http://www.thomann.de/gb/daddario_eps2205_ebasssaiten.htm The tension on the higher strings seems a bit to high to me discarding the G string...using the G string and discarding the A string it might be to low. Second: EPS 170-5 45-130 http://www.thomann.de/de/daddario_eps_1705.htm Looks like a good even tension but the 4th could again be a bit highter (didn't bother looking up 080 B and 065 E as the tension was so high in the first set already) Third: EPS 165-5 45-135 http://www.thomann.de/de/daddario_eps1655.htm My personal favourite if using the "real" 1st and 2nd stings. Nice tension on the 4th string but the 1st might be to low (not only in terms of personal preference but of fret buzz/rattle without using a ridiculously high action and the attack of a 4 year old)? Ok so now that i have rambled on and on and on (and apparently still keep going) what are your thoughts on the subject? What sort of gauges do you use? Does a higher tension produce a clearer sound on a tuning that low (dunno how i get that idea but it makes sense to me)?