I have the most amazing string life story to report... The more ancient among you (time on this board, that is) may remember me as a shameless Elixir shill who pipes up ANY time anyone asks what string to use, especially for fretless. I reported last time I installed new sets (one fretted, one fretless) that I knew they lasted ages on fretless with fingers, but wasn't sure about frets and pickstyle. I promised I'd report back. I originally stayed away from picks with these strings because I was afraid to damage them (they ARE a bit more expensive, after all), but as the months wore on, I got less worried and played pick anytime the song called for it. 1-2 gigs per month, and maybe one rehearsal per month. Pick on maybe 25% of the songs. I have been using Elixirs since '99 and have always been impressed by their long life, not so much for the lower cost per month and the low maintenance labor, but for the fact that they don't change tone through a recording project (even one several months long) so you never have to mess with the EQ once you have it dialed in. Last time I changed strings, I had the presence of mind to write on the box the date I installed 'em. On last Saturday night's gig, believe it or not, I actually broke a low B string on my fretted. First broken string in like 20 years. So I replaced it from the fresh set I always carry, and I changed out the rest of the set just this evening. I paid close attention to how the old strings sounded next to the new ones as I changed them out one by one, and as I expected, they sounded only slightly darker than the new ones. Still full range response (old strings lose lows as well as highs), only a bit of twang not present -- and there's not that much real metallic twang on Eixirs anyway (which suits me fine). Anyway, i remembered about the date on the box, and dug it out of the artifacts. To my amazement, the date was October 6.... 2001. Yow. TWO YEARS out of a set of strings, and not even taking 'em off to boil 'em. Now THAT is amazing. Not that I'd been noticing that they might need it, but it's just plain fun to have new stuff, so I thought about changing the Elixirs on my fretless, just for the heck of it. So I looked at the box my fretless's strings came in, and I had just changed them in March 2002. So I guess I'm in no hurry. I might jump the gun and ask for a set for Christmas.