I y'all... I recently came over to the dark side from the electric forum. I purchased a used ( and cheap) Christopher 3/4 that I am having a blast playing... However.... The strings are too high tension for me... Playing in thumb position is extemely difficult (nearly impossible) due to the tension... Yes..I need to strengthen my fingers etc... But I think I would have better technique and definition with lighter tension strings. I also believe ( maybe I'm wrong?) That a lighter tension string would make the E sound better... Right now it is kind of a dull "thud" no matter what note I play... Yes... There is a bit of definition to the notes but not much. The bass is from 2006 and I highly suspect the strings are just as old. They have red thread... I plan on mostly pizzicato playing. I would like a brighter Sound and medium to long sustain. I don't want to...or need to spend alot of money on strings but I do know double bass strings are more expensive. I have never tried gut strings so I have no idea on those. Let's assume I want to stay steel for now. Suggestions? Thanks much!