Howdy, I've read the post's, and searched the newby links and am still looking for an answer. I play an older american plywood bass, that Arnold Schnitzer did a lot of work on in 1994. This included an unbelievable fingerboard, adding wood between the neck and fingerboard, endpin, and lot's of small stuff also. This bass is awesome, now, I need to find strings that are eqully awesome. I use this bass with cabaret singers, on musicals, jazz gigs, etc. I never would bring it to an orchestra gig, however I'm finding more and more that I need a better bowing sound. I need new strings, the old ones have been on so long I don't remember what they are, and any recomendations would be great. I appreciate the "change strings between gigs" advice that I've read, but I occasionally need a pizz bass at 5 o'clock and "broadway bass" at 8, so I'm looking for a set that can do both. Thanks.