Yeah I know, it depends. Anyway, I'm still playing Zyex lights, but I am jonesing for that gut like sound and was thinking about looking at the Ben Wolfe Chordas for a minnit (at least for the D and G). So I'm about to sink a chunk of change into a removable neck instrument (if I can ever get Jed to tell me if I can fall by the workshop this weekend) and now I have to think about THAT issue. First of all, let me say at the outset - I am NOT really going to be putting in any serious road time. I'm doing this for a couple of reasons (it's this or buy a red Alfa Romeo 4C), but foremost is that I would like the ability to go visit my buddy Dan in Seattle and take my bass or my buddies (and gigs) down South and take my bass OR if and when I decide to leave NYC, I'd like to be able to come back to the city to play with my friends and take my bass. On a plane. So how liable to breakage would strings like guts, or Velvets, or other hybrid gut-like be, if they're not going to be under tension over the bridge and then off tension over the bridge only 3 or 4 times a year? Is once too much? Or is there some bearable wear and tear?