What are the best low to average priced flatwound strings, and what string gauge should I get ? As much as I would like to try Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds, my bass situation hesitates to accept the cost of ~75 dollars for a set of strings. My needs and use : (a) Desired bass tone is Tiran Porter of the Doobie Brothers on classic rock songs especially "Takin' It To The Streets" and also James Jamerson especially on Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar". (b) Bass is 1992 Fender Precision bass made in Mexico and still in very good condition. (c) I play 95 percent of time with my fingers and only occasionally with a pick. No popping or slapping. (d) The strings would see relatively little use because I am no longer gigging nor even practicing much anymore, so the strings would be staying on the bass for a LONG time and loosened when the bass is resting in the case. However, when playing I want to have my desired tone. Having little experience with bass strings, do all strings sound mostly the same after being on a bass after many months/years ? Would old strings perhaps enhance the tone I have described ? What is the best way to get this tone and replace the strings as infrequently as possible ? Would Thomastik-Infeld strings be cost effective even though much higher priced than other strings ? Your insight will be much appreciated !