Rob Hunter inpried this when he said said in the thread on dominants "I think it's important to keep trying different strings". I keep being tempted and have tried a few but from a personal development point of view, not least my pocket, I'm trying to get the best out of what I find OK with my bass (superfexibles at the moment) and get imporvement through technique. The problem with bass string IS one of expense. If you have the oportunity to have a load of diffferent strings - all played in - (and an string winder attachment for an drill or screwdriver) then you could try a range in simmilar circumstances in the same room and conditions. Very few people get to do this. Hell you have to wait a through a fortnight's playing before you can say too much about how a new string is, after which you ear has become reaclimatised to the new strings qualities further dulling the memory. I realise i'm exagerating a little. On this board there are noticable fads - there was the obligato fan club, there is the velvet appreciation society, the aren't dominant's a forgotton great club and now it seems the stark flexocor '92 ravers. The strings that were raved about in the past haven't changed and the one's raved about now (velvets being an exception) are mostly strings that have also been in production for some time. It strikes me people are going round in circles. However, technique and preferrences change over time whilst as mentioned, the strings have not - and the case for flex '92s does seem to be one of their fans developing/changing. This makes advice and comment on a board even more tricky. Different people with the same bass (and bow) will sound different and have different abilities at extracting qualities of sound both piz and arco and this will affect views of strings. So the answer to the problem seems to me not so much to be the development of more ojective criteria and descriptions of strings, but being able to understand when it is that a string will deliver what you want as oposed to developing technique or a shortcoming in the bass itself. Any thoughts on when and why you (and me of course) would want/need a differnt string would be welcome.