Many many years ago I was reading a Rudy Sarzo magazine article where he had mentioned that he boiled his bass strings when they became dull sounding. I had also heard of this through others. I've been doing it ever since! I try not to do it more than 1-2 times, after that they get chucked. Are there any other cheapskates like me out there who boil their bass strings? Note: Don't boil coated strings!