My all time favorite bass string is Ernie Ball Slinky. They are nickelplated roundwound strings and they have the best sound of any string I've ever played on. My only gripe about these strings is how quickly they seem to go dead on me. I tried to remedy (sp?) this problem by stringing up with Elixirs. I really didn't like them at all. Way too floppy, not bright enough, didn't like the nanoweb coating on them. So I want to go back to the Ernie Balls, but before I do, I would like to know any precautions I can take to make sure these strings last as long as possible. So far, I've learned (the hard way) not to take the strings off and put them back on a whole bunch of times, not to tune from E to D to E to D to E and so on and so forth, and to wipe them down after playing them. If anyone has any more ways (short of boiling the strings) of how to make my strings last longer, please tell me! I love my Ernie Balls, but I hate to pay for 'em!