OK, I am yet another BG convert (should've switched years ago). I recently purchased a Engelhardt ES1, and I definitely need a better setup, but am hesitant to mess with anything before I get better strings on it. That way I know that the sound post is in the right spot for the strings I'm using/string height set to optimal level/etc. Yes, I have read (rather extensively, evidently I'm obsessive) all the newbie faq's, as well as most every post on here going back quite some time. My concern is that most of the posts regarding string performance are by people whose carved instruments put mine to shame. Since the reponse of strings varies according to the construction of the bass, I was wondering if I could hear some recommendations from other ply owners (plybies?). What I'm looking for is something easier on the hands as right now my limiting factor on practice is the state of my right hand. Have plenty of callouses on the fingertips from BG, but this is using differing part of my finger. Truly annoying to get blisters again after not having to deal with them for the last 10 years or so. Sound wise I am looking for something that can growl and has good sustain on pizz. Not interested in arco at the moment, that might change, but I am focusing on pizz for now. I am contemplating weichs and superflexibles, but don't know whether or not there might be a better choice (LaBella black tapes maybe?). Thanks in advance for your advice/patience.