As I read through these string threads, pros and cons on all these strings, I can't for the life of me figure out what's the problem. Also I think it is foolish and an expensive way to "experiment" with strings. In the old days most of us (a great majority, including the big names and symphony players)used just one brand string, namely "Artone." This was a high quality gut string (A & E silver wound). We never worried about what strings bow better, or what string growls or doesn't. Take it from an old geezer like me, we adapted and we played!