I have a early-mid 20th century carved German bass (unlabeled), play primarily country/bluegrass, modern/trad jazz, and Turkish folk music. Primarily pizz but some arco too. Very minimal slap stuff. I like medium-high action and tension on the medium-stiff side. I use this bass for recordings, completely acoustic gigs all the way up to large festivals. (Using a DG Realist going straight into a beat up Fender Rumble lol — but looking for a new amp/mic now…I know, I know, different thread!) Been experimenting w raw gut D&G for about 5 years now. I like a natural, relatively short, punchy thump. I find most guts to have minimal differences but I’ve never found a wound E&A that I really like. Right now I’m using this combo but I want to swap out the E&A: G: Gamut Lyon, varnished (medium) D: Gamut Lyon, varnished (medium) A: Evah Mittel E: Evah Mittel This is my first time trying the Gamut varnished G&D, I found the raw lyon wore down my finger board quickly and only lasted about 9 months. The Red Devils were nice for the price, but the nylon wrapping gave me a plastic-y kinda sound and feel. Don’t think I’d opt for the nylon wrapping on another set. I’ve tried the Pistoy D&G (unvarnished) and honestly can’t recall much of a difference in feel to the Lyon (unvarnished). Never experimented with wide range of different gauges they offer. As far as E&A: I find the Evah’s have too much ‘mwah’ and not enough bassy thump. I remember loving the wound E&A Chorda & Chorda CH (which are now discontinued I believe) but they are very pricey. Would love to find a steel-wound natural gut alternative. The D&G Chordas are also lovely but spenny! Spiro’s seem to have even more undulating sustain for me. Curious to hear everyone’s experience w these and other strings! Thanks in advance.