While it makes perfect sense to simply try out a bunch of differents strings and see which ones I like, it really isn't financially feasible for me. I am playing a a Yamaha BBN4 w/2 J-style p-ups (passive). Right now, it has some stainless steel strings on it that I don't really like. I did play a buddy's bass with some TI flats...I really liked that sound, but I also want something that will slap and pop and rock out to a certain degree. Am I asking too much out of a $500 bass and one set of strings? Or is there something that might be able to give me a nice warm tone some of the time and still sound at home in a funk/rock band?