ok, so i have an epiphone thunderbird, not my first choice for a giging bass, for shows i use my jazz bass. im tired of buying strings for a thunderbird that i only use for 2 reasons 1. taking to bass lessons 2. using in my schools marching band SOOOO.... i was thinking about using some DR red devils or black beauties to keep my string expense to a minimum, i dont use the bass professionally, so why not go with the coated? comments. concerns? thanks! -Pat, the only bassist in his schools band program with so much pressure on him, who is pretty much irreplacable. and humble!