I just strung up my bass with D'addario Slow wounds. I got 'em because it has the tapered B, which is good for my bridge, the full size B is hard to squeeze in there. I just pulled off some D'addario XL5 soft gauge strings after about 3 weeks. when I put the new ones on, I noticed a major difference in tone. I've always noticed the major difference before, but I don't think I've ever changed strings after such a short period of time. here's the problem, a new set of strings is like $28-35 bucks. that's a lot of money for a couple weeks of "new" tone. BTW I like that "new" tone. I've heard of people boiling their strings, how good does that work? and how long do you boil them for? what about elixers, or the D'addario coated strings, do those hold on to the sound any longer?