After playing my bass with weed whackers on it tonight on a jazz gig and digging the sound for the most part, I think I'm ready to make a commitment to guts. But I have no idea what kind...so I will tell you my requirements and ask about the brands I'm interested in, and maybe you guys and gals can give me some direction. Sorry if this post goes on way too long. I really dig the sound of the whackers for the G and D strings. I'm not especially crazy about the A and E strings, though. The A is somewhat passable but the E is just too thuddy for me. So I'm thinking I may want a wound A and E. The E I definitely want wound, but possibly the A, too. And of course, I want to be able to bow them as well. I have heard a lot about these Velvet strings. Garbos are out because they don't do arco very well according to what I've read. So I've been checking out the Compas 360 and the Animas. Are they flats or rounds? Are they low enough tension to slap without maiming my hands? I'm not crazy about the winding material being copper, but if they're good sounding strings that are easily slapped, I guess I could get used to the black fingers. But since they're all wound strings, do they sound clanky like steels? And are they real gut cores or an "amazingly gut-like" space age polymer? I'm also considering Labella and Lenzner guts. Is there much of a difference between the two? Are the wound strings roundwound or flatwound? With the Lenzners, does the unwound A get a sound similar to the whackers or does it have more ring and projection that matches up to the G and D? The Pirastro strings are a bit rich for my blood, but I've been hearing that a lot of people like to use a mix of Eudoxas and Olives. But do they sound metallic when slapped? Should I be looking exclusively at plains for D and G because of that? Here's a general gut question...I've heard that you have to oil them, but you shouldn't oil the section where you'll be bowing because it gets on the bow. Does that mean they're eventually going to dry out and crack where they're not oiled? Thank you all for the deluge of info I know I'm about to get!