I'm a very new double bass player. I have about 5 years of experience on electric, and recently decided that I would stop simply trying to imitate a double bass and actually play one. I got a cheap Chinese plywood bass to learn and play on. As I learn I have been playing a combination of rockabilly and jazz, well a beginner's approximations of these styles. Right now I have the flat wound stiff strings that came with the bass, and my fingers have been dying from playing slap. My question is, would you knowledgeable bass folk recommend a string (or combo of strings) for me to play that: 1) is not insanely priced 2) will fit well with my plywood bass (I don't know enough about strings to know if this is worth worrying about, it just seems like some strings may be more inclined to the carved bass sound) 3) will be able to cover most genres as I'm sure I will migrate back and forth as I learn. 4) will not kill my fingers quite as much I have gone through the thread of string information, but it is not of much help if you really don't know what you're looking for. Mixed sets and such would be fine I assume, again, I don't have much experience in this area and don't want to assume. I love the "old school" traditional thump style tone, but I am also a fan of the modern rockabilly tone. Being an electric player switching to upright I always seem to be attracted to Reid Anderson's jazz tone from The Bad Plus. So, I think I can summarize it by saying that I am far from finding my own tone, and I'm really just looking for a string that will guide me through learning and playing double bass in a way that will leave me with a sound I generally like.