OK I'm throwing a party in a week (today is 6-7-02) in my garage with my guitarist buddy and drummer buddy performing all blink-182 cover (please don't comment on how easy there stuff is etc.). I recently found out that Mark uses Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky bass strings. I was shocked/unaware of this. Also, I was told those strings only last 2 months or less! I just got a new Fender P-Bass MIA and it has new Fender 82-50s strings. I could buy new Ernie Balls and re-string my bass. However, I was wondering if after the Ernie Balls die it would be OK to put the 82-50s back on. Now the picks Mark uses. Somone told me he uses Dunlop Tortex 1.50 MM picks. Is that what he really uses? I thought he uses felt picks. I've been using felt picks, to practice the songs we're playing at the party, and it seems to sound a lot different then the Dunlops. Please Help. Sorry about the length. I want to say I wasn't sure where to put this thread so I want to apologize to the moderator who has to move it.