Is it possible to boil them, or does the coating just come off and you end up with useless pieces of metal? I'm asking because the deilema is this; I have some Elixers that have been on my bass for ages (don't know how long exactly), they still sound fine and the coating hasn't started coming off yet. However, over summer (I live in Australia) I'll be playing far more than normal and I wont have easy access to new strings for approx. 2 months. So do I leave the Elixers and boil them (if that is possible) or do I go for new strings. I don't have the $$$ for another set, so I'm thinking about going for a pair of flatwounds (I generally play a mix of blues/jazz/rock) and I'm wondering what a good set would be for someone who is just trying them out, and not a commited flatwound player?? Thanks for any forthcoming advice and see my sig for rig (hehe, that rhymed).