I am curious to know if there is a specific brand of uncoated nickle round wound steel hexacore strings that keeps fresh longer and dies slower than others. Currently I use Ernie Ball 45 - 105 Hybrid Slinky strings, so preferably it should be some that comes in the same gauges: 45 - 65 - 85 - 105. All suggestions will be appreciated, if it is even possible to make strings that last longer than others when using the same basic construction and materials. Also, would coated strings be worth it? I've heard they feel different and are not quite as bright from the start, but on the other hand last considerably longer before they go dead. Finally since my main is a 28,6" scale Ibanez Mirko bass I cut strings to size (actually I use standard strings meant for 34" scale basses for availability reasons), but never experienced that the strings would begin to unwind, lose tension or similar issues people claim comes with cutting strings, if you cut and secure them properly such issues can easily be avoided, but I guess this would completely ruin coated strings, am I right in that assumption?