Alright.. So, I've checked around and can't find an answer that I can spend money based on. I took the hour long drive both ways to pick up a set of Dean Markley Blue Steels for my Ibanez SR 505 5 string. And, when I began to string my G on, it snapped. The error wasn't mine, and Guitar Center has said they will give me store credit for the cost of the Dean Markley's. I have Ernie Ball's on my 4 string, and have always been satisfied with them. But, they don't see much use 'cause I normally play the 5 string for gigs/practice. So I couldn't actually tell if they go dull fast or not. I play in a 4 piece hard rock/metal band so my bass is very present. I do a go amount of slap and poping, mostly slapping (like Fieldy, but not tuned down to drop A) and also have some solos. I need something bright, but more importantly flexible/durable. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.