Yeah, I'm one of those (write a story when just asking a simple question). Tried search and found some stuff, but not exactly what I'm looking for. Here's the story. Picked up my bass ('83 G&L El Toro) for the first time since about 1990 or so. I got tired of it mocking me from the corner. I'm taking lessons again and am learning a lot. This time I'm trying to make the transition from being a bass player to being a musician, if you know what I mean. It's been very interesting and I'm making good progress. My teacher was over tonight for my next lesson. He wanted to try my bass, and I almost couldn't get it back from him. Funny how that happens. Everyone loves the thing. But he said "man, these strings are shot. I think it's time you looked into replacing them." He's probably right. They date from probably mid '89. Rotosound something or other, they have a light blue silk wrapper. Punchy bright tone, which I like a lot. I am so far out of knowledge on strings, I feel like I'm starting over. So here's the first question: - Is there a resource online that has a comparison of sound on the same bass but with different strings? - If not, what about a write up comparing different strings? I'm not opposed to going flats, or half-flats, or round. I'd like something with that bright punchy tone though and easy to play. I just don't know where to look or how to figure out what to look for. The variety is somewhat overwhelming. So...help! Thanks in advance.