Hi, I mentioned in another thread that I was looking at buying a Framus Triumph bass. Well, it appears that the deal has happened, and I'm just waiting for the bass to show up. In the meantime, I've been starting to do some research on what kind of strings I need for this bass, and there's a few terms I'm not familiar with. For a start, what do the following mean. Rope Core Spiral Core Orchestra(l) Solo(ist) Retort Also, the Framus only has a magnetic pickup. I've been advised that I need steel strings, which seems obvious enough. However, can I use strings that have a combination of materials (which seems common), and would there be any benefit to this. F'rinstance, say I see something that says nickel - would this work? Or a combination of silk and steel. Just to give you an idea of my requirements, I know for sure that I won't be doing any arco work - it'll all be pizzicato. So keep that in mind for any recommendations you make. Please feel free to write anything you think is relevant - I'm open to any and all advice on the subject. Also, pardon my ignorance, but I know absolutely stuff all about upright bass!