Was a bassist in the 90s but am only back into bass playing since last Christmas so I don't really know what's new out there as far as strings go. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I'm open to suggestions as I'm placing an order soon. I play a variety of music: Americana, blues, rock, some funk (70s fingerstyle mostly). I am slowly rebuilding my slap technique. The Elixers do all of it reasonably well, and they last too. Is there anything better?