I recently bought a set of damian dlugolecki gut strings (E & A wrapped D & G plain). I had the nut and bridge width adjusted and put graphite in the slots. I also raised my bridge to acommodate the loose tension. My question is: "Is there anything else I should do?" I have a fairly decent carved bass, but I am not getting the sound I expected. There is no sustain to speak of at all, and the D string is like playing a rubber band. Also, it is lacking clarity. I know that damian dlugolecki makes a good product. So, I am hoping it is just a matter of the strings needing to settle in (they have been on my bass for about a week). I like the strong, warm sound of gut, but not at the price of playability or clarity. Any help would be greatly appreciated.