Do you like fresh new strings or old ones? Personally I like old strings. The older the better. I hate bright clickety clacky sounding strings. I am primarily a fingerstyle player, and dislike lots of finger noise. I also try to wash my hands before I play so as to not get my strings all greasy and dirty. In general I dislike slap style (which would tend toward newer strings), though it does have it's place and great players. So on average how old are your strings? I haven't changed a set in over a year. The oldest strings I've got on a bass are probably 3 years, youngest about a 14 months.