First of all, I'm a complete n00b when it comes to strings, so... go easy on me Second of all... I don't know much about basses, period, haha. I tried to go through all threads of interest (my first post, yay!), as well as the "what strings do you have"-thread, but... eh, that was tiresome and I don't think I got any wiser. So, here it is: Before I've just bought whatever they had - preferably something that I had heard someone mention before. Warwick Red Label, Ernie Ball Super Slinky and D'Addario Whatever are the only ones I've tried (that I remember), and I can't really recall any big difference in how they sounded. I play a 5-string Warwick Corvette, passive - mostly 1) pick-play with a nice bit of treble, but looking for a crunchy, growling sound with some bass in it (mostly for metal, which is my main focus), or 2) smooth, warm, soulfull finger-play. Not much slap, although it has been known to happen... I ONLY play at home as a hobby - connected directly through my computer/headphones, so there's not even an amplifier to help me If there's one thing I've noticed, it is that the B-string gets kind of flat kind of fast... I've had my current strings for over 2 years (yeah, they sound like **** now, haha), and although E,A,D,G sound more or less acceptable to me, the B-string is very subtle. I have to either beat the crap out of the string with a plectrum, or play with my fingers very close to the ...eh, thingy at the end of the body where the strings are attached (called "stable" in swedish, I think...), to get the sound to come through as well as the other strings (barely). Any recomendations? I don't know how much a brand of strings can do - maybe some are just better than others, and there's not much variety in sound? I was thinking about Elixir for a moment... just for the hell of it, you know? But is it a complete waste of money for someone who only plays for a hobby and isn't much of a sound-nerd? Are they good at anything else than just lasting long?