I have broken 3 out of my 5 DR strings now (all popped right at the tuning peg), so I am looking for answers. I found a great thread explaining some common issues with Sperzel Trim-lok bass tuners, such as over-tightening: What am I doing wrong (Sperzel tuner question) So, I may be over-tightening for one. But, I have another question. There is the thinner part of the bass string opposite the ball end (I'll call this part the "string wrap"). Sometimes this part is colored (silk?), sometimes not. The Sperzel documented way to use the trim-lok tuners is to pull the string taught through the tuner, lock it with the dial, followed by tuning to pitch. If I follow these instructions with my DR strings, the string wrap portion of the string passes completely through and beyond the tuner hole. Therefore, after I lock and begin to wind, the "normal" part of the string is what is taking the sharpest angle on the post, not the string wrap part. I'm guessing I'm breaking strings in part because the "normal" part of the string isn't meant to take the sharpest angle(?). Can anyone confirm this is part of my issue, too? ** This bass has been sitting in its case for the past 8 years or so. But, I can't recall ever breaking a string when putting on new strings. However, I also seem to recall having the colored string wrap portion visible through the tuner... Thanks for any insight.