I know that all strings sound differently on different individual basses and that "your results might vary". However, in three week's time the Helicore Hybrids have improved somewhat but still show few redeeming qualities. Given that my new carved top bass that is still in the very early stages of "opening up", are their any general rules as to high or low tension strings helping a new bass sound older? Also, my preference is a jazz pizz sound that is still not too scratchy for arco. Is there an Obligato-like string out there that doesn't self-destruct in short order?