Hey guys, been a while since I've been in this forum but still plugging along in my hacky own way on the upright, and I have some strings questions...but first, a little background... Upton Hawkes from 2005 with Clef Rev Solo II pickup, been using the same set of Superflexible mediums for the past 10 years and loved the sound and feel, but my 57 year old hands suddenly aren't feeling the love for these somewhat inflexible medium gauge strings while pizzing and slapping my way through my oldies band, and I'm trying to decide what to go with next. For now, I have a set of Pirastro Obligatos that came with it. Used them for 3 months, wasn't crazy about them at the time, but I did a gig with a rental a year ago that had them and I enjoyed them on that bass, so I'm giving them a shot again. So far after a day I'm digging the feel and kind of digging the sound, except they're pretty bright compared to the ancient SF's. I can take care of that with EQ, though, and then they sound terrific. And I've heard they roll, but I haven't felt that with them yet. But then, I read some string reviews that said Piirastro Evah Pirazzis are like Obligatos only much better, and I'm wondering if I wouldn't like them better? I might if they're darker and slightly more flexible, but too much and it would be a turnoff. And of course, sticking with Superflexibles and getting solo gauges instead is always an option. Despite them being steels and me being a slapper who would love guts if they weren't so floppy and thumpy, I always liked them for slap, and I thought they had a great pizz tone in my Hawkes. Plus out of all the strings I've ever used, only the SF's never gave me blisters. But I didn't get blisters on that rental gig I used the Obligatos, either, so maybe my meat hooks have toughened up a little since these strings were always rubbing them raw when I was a newb. I'm going to give the Obligatos a fair shake on a few gigs before I decide so I have some time to do some actual research. I only want to do this once because the appalling price of strings is only getting more appalling. But assuming I end up liking the Obligatos better, would I really like the Evah Pirazzis more enough to feel like I got my money's worth, or would I kick myself for ditching a perfectly good set of strings I don't have to pay for twice? And for those of you who have tried Superflexibles in solo gauges tuned standard as well as Obligatos, do you think they'd be comparable in feel to a standard Obligato set at least? TIA, folks!