I've seen several posts from people asking advice on how to keep that "New String Sound" without going broke buying New Strings. I hate dead strings and this is what I do: I've been doing this (and telling other bassists about it) for 15 years now. Every bassist that has tried it has practically offered to name their first child after me when they've seen/heard the results. If you like that "New String Sound" try this (this process is a little harder with non-quick release bass bridges but it can still be done): 1. Take the used/dirty strings and (individually) wrap them in a ring like when they were new. 2. Take the strings and put them around the center spindle of a washing machine. They need to be at least halfway down so the water can completely cover them. Strings should be somewhat loose fitting. 3. Run the washer (water/load level set to full) on the regular cycle with the water set to "Hot". No soap (although I've found that a little "Simple Green" solution gets them extra zingy). 4. When the complete wash cycle is done (some strings may have come loose from the spindal) set the strings somewhere to dry completely (I set mine out in the Sun for awhile or in an oven set to 200 for about 30 minutes) so as to reduce corrosion. Caution: If you have "exposed core" or "tapered" strings this process can cause the winding to come loose. Prevent this by putting a small dab of electrical solder right where the winding ends and the core is exposed (completely around the diameter). Do this when the string is new (not under tension!). I always buy at least 4 new sets at a time so I can wash several sets at once (always keeping one set on the bass) as to not have to use the machine too often. Even though they still get clean, I buy new sets when the harmonics start to fade on the old ones (from metal fatigue that happens over time on clean or dirty strings). The last 4 sets lasted me a year and a half (I play full time/6 days a week-4 sets a night). Why this works: The hot water gets inside the windings and the agitation loosens the gunk. The spin cycle pulls all that gunky water out. My strings are actually zingier (zingier?) after this process than when they're new, out of the package. Good Luck and Good Savings . My appologies to the string companies . I know this may sound goofy to some but it really works.