Just starting up playing again. I was classically trained when I was young, almost went to Julliard instead of pursuing a long and fruitful IT career. I mentioned elsewhere that my last bass master was the incomparable Georges Andre, who was also the best teacher! He had me interested in the operatic repertoire that I look forward to exploring again. I have a cheap Kay, sounds OK. I'm a german bow hound. I keep on reading all your reviews on strings, and many of you mention matching up the bass to the strings, style, etc. So, I'm a bad girl and decided to ask for more targeted advice on my particular situation. Oh yeah, I used to play on gut strings in my youth and never want to again. I'm not going anywhere for a year, although I hope to find a baroque group somewhere to play with. I'm a baroque fiend. I may end up in the market for a new instrument, sooner for a new bow. So strings are mainly for practice right now, although I'm going to also be pulling out my large collection of sheet music so I'll also be my own soloist Thanks. Glad I found this place. And I'm extra glad that the local music store didn't have a set of strings, as I think you guys will steer me in a better direction! I've been thinking of Georges since yesterday when I decided the time was NOW. He was so kind. I most often just shlepped my bow around the NYC subways for lessons, where I was often asked if I was a pool shark. Playing on one of Georges' basses was a religious experience. Exploring the Met stage elevators and all was priceless. Shlepping the bass that my parents made me buy (it was cheap, I much prefer this Kay) in the subways for other gigs was always challenging.