I'm not sure whether this'd be a Technique or Strings, but I was just curious as to how you guys tailor your playing to different tension strings? I was just reading the Obligatos vs. Dominants/Animas thread and saw Chris Fitz's remark about how the Obligatos allowed for crazy chops (in his bedroom,) but the Dominants made him pull back his playing a bit and overall performed better live. I was just curious as to how this affects everyone -- especially if you've got two basses set up for different applications (one for jazz, one for orchestral/symphonic) and those who use mixed sets on the same bass. When I play BG, I generally go the low tension/low action (for those who double on slab, specifically Thomastik Jazz Rounds most of the time or really light D'addario XL's.) When I got my own DB though, I decided to try and go for the "unamped as much as possible" route with high action. The strings on my DB are Spiro Mittels -- which, to me, are very high tension, especially compared to what was on the school's DB (I'm not sure what they are, but they sounded much worse for pizz but were a bit easier to bow.) The change was a bit shocking at first, but I've changed my use-as-much-of-my-right-hand-finger-as-physically-possible method to one that uses the full weight of my right arm, less finger meat (mostly the pads and sides of the pads) and over all a more "dancing" than a "pulling" motion -- I find this also lends a nicer tone (as long as I keep my hand from straying to far away from the end of the fingerboard,) good volume, and easier application of two fingers. Overall, I can play much longer, more smoothly, and more complicated lines. The higher tension definitely required me to refine my technique...I could get away with just using my finger muscles on the school's low-tension bugger. With the left hand...well, that's basically just a case of making sure I use my fingertips and just tough it out as my hands get stronger and don't tire as easily over time. Any thoughts?