Ok so, I have a strong preference for Arkay Power Punch strings (http://www.arkaystrings.com/html/bass.html) on my usual Drop C bass (Stagg BC300), Which I need to Retune to Drop C# to use in a cover band that wants to play some Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry playing Finger and Pick Style. And my G (A) string goes pop and snaps at the bridge, which requires an entire restring, as they had been on for, two years or so, and still sounded brilliant mind you. But the gauges I had one were .130 - .80 - .65 - .45, from the Five String set, and being from the UK, Arkay strings are near Impossible to get, I've looked all over the internet for dealers and suppliers and I've found the two different types of four string sets able to be shipped to the UK (http://bassguitarstrings.us/store/home.php?cat=380). The only places I've found the five strings set are in Japan and Czechoslovakia, which unfortunately, Don't ship to the UK. So, My questions are A) Would me using .105 - .080 - .065 - .045 and tuning them to Drop C# with close to the correct tension work? B) What string make would be a similar sound to Arkay strings if you have any experience with the make, or any suggestions of what could replace them? Thanks in advance M.R.