I just read a post by a guy who breakes his strings all the time. I can't understand it! Unbelivable! It has to do with how you "handle" (play) the bass. I have been playing bass since the 70' and I have had crap basses and exelent basses, long and short scales, acoustics and electrics. I have built 6 of them myself, used good(and expensive) bridges and standard "fender" bridges. I have probaby used as many different brands and types of strings as the number of years I've been playing.The point is that I have only broke a couple of strings during these 30 years while playing . A couple of times I have discovered a broken string on one of my basses when I have opend the guitar case. I know they might even break by them self when the steel core gets tired. It has also happened more than once that I have loaned a bass to someone and he brakes a string. I'm convinced that breaking strings has more to do with the playing style than anything else. I know a bass has to be played hard in order to sound good, you have to push it of course, but if you're breaking strings continually, I think you're really abusing the instrument.