as a result of my monitary downfall, i exclusively play passive basses. thus, i love my trace elliot setup i purchased a little over a year ago...great sound... anyway, i was fumbling through their newest catelog and was wondering if trace elliot bass strings are worth the retail price. they seem appealing, because my setup has never let me down. and i heard gibson owns trace elliot, so my other question would be if it's just better to buy gibson bass strings. thanks.