Bought new strings today! I worked 4 hours Saturday and got $25, so naturally (I've noticed my bass hasn't sounded as good, I assumed it's the strings) I bought some new strings. (Skip to the end* of you don't want to read the story) I told the music store guy, (after he asked me what kind of music I played) that I wanted to spend no more than $20. He showed me two options. Power Slinky Bass Nickel Wound - Bass Guitar Strings | Ernie Ball D'Addario Strings : XL Nickel Round Wound : EXL160BT Nickel Wound, Balanced Tension Medium, 50-120 I didn't know which to pick, he offered to lower the Ernie's to $20 even, (including tax) and he said the D'addarios would be a little over 20 but he'd see what he could do. I would've went for for the D'addarios but my mom knew I needed the other $5 for something else. So she would've had to helped pay and I know she would've but I didn't want her to. *Long story short, I bought the Ernie Ball ones but for future reference, what should I have done if I have the money? I know about the difference in Gauge but either way I would've had to have the nut re-done. I plan on writing music in B Standard since I've realized all 5 strings feel extremely uncomfortable in my hands.