Hi all, I've always been a big fan of Tool, and being a fan of their sound bass wise, I tried to model my rig after them to a degree to get a similar punchy sound through the mix, something their bassist(s) has always been able to do well compared to a lot of bands I've heard. Awhile back when I first got my "knock off" stingray, I ran it through a sans amp into my Peavey keyboard amp and I was using Ernie Ball regular Slinky round wounds. Here's a vid of me using them to give you the idea of what they sounded like (and yeah, I'm covering a Tool song in it). So yeah, it was a pretty edgy sound and since I broke those strings I tried Elixir Heavy nickel plated/steel coated strings, which honestly sounded very similar to the Ernie Ball slinky's from what I recall but those didn't seem to dull out as quickly (I'm playing with a pick mind you). Unfortunately they break quite easily when you're using a pick constantly, so I had to find something more durable under that amount of tension. I read that Justin Chancellor (of Tool) uses Hybrid Slinkies, which I've never used before. So I was thinking of trying those next, right now I'm using D'Addario Brights (I think) which sound okay, and I like the fact that they are the most durable strings I've owned by far, but the tone just isn't quite punchy/bright enough to get that "Tool" sound I'm looking for. Also, I know strings are not very important to getting the "Tool" sound, but I have noticed a huge difference from where my sound was at almost 2 years ago and where it is now, and I'm not happy with it. Any input from you experts would be greatly appreciated so I stop spending my money on strings while hoping to get the sound I'm looking for. Of course I could just go back to regular slinky's, but I'm willing to admit there is probably something better for me out there for this kind of thing.