tl;dr: Which do you prefer? (A comment about you preference and what genre you usually play and would be interesting too!) Over the past few weeks, I've started to notice that there seems to be quite a few many people who enjoy the sound of "broken in" strings. I personally strive for that "fresh out of the pack", bright sound you get from new strings, and, if possible, like to change them almost monthly if possible. That being said, I used to be on the side that argued that new and old made no difference. I'd play strings that were years old, and would even argue that they sounded no different than the day I bought 'em. However, after some indulgence in slap bass and a couple string changes later; I was sold on the sound and feel of new strings, and have been since. I figured that most the talk of playing older strings (and preserving them by boiling and whatnot) came mostly from the fact that a new set of strings generally ain't too cheap, and why overspend on something that may be just a hobby to somebody? I'm starting to see that this may not be entirely true, and that there may be a certain "tone" people are seeking by playing older strings. Would love to hear your all's preference and opinions!