Ok, I will go out on a limb and risk ridicule. Some of us like bright fresh strings. Some of us like old, broken in, less twangy strings. For those of you who like old strings - have you ever tried beeswax on new strings to break them in quicker? I have been experimenting with this for the past few months on a couple of different basses, and - it hits the spot for me. It softens the feel of the string and rounds out the tone, without killing the string. For my ears anyway. Commence the throwing of rotten fruit.