Well, last gig I played, the E string broke during the second to last song. Managed to carry on after ripping it out and bodging it a bit on a string down, though it sounded crap, to which I smashed up my bass. Anyway, I've had it sorted out, and put a new set of Dean Markley's Blue Steel 105 gauge strings, and to be honest, they sound poopiee (especially when practicing without an amp). I originally had whatever came with the bass originally, until the E string broke, to which I replaced it with some Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkys 105. That broke again, replaced again with some more Hybrids, until it broke, AGAIN recently. I'm considering replacing the lot with Hybrids again, as I was pretty pleased with them, however, I would like to know if there are any higher quality, longer lasting, and maybe even better sounding strings out there? I'm not all that knowledgable on the matter, so any info is a plus.