I have only been shooting trad for the past 4 years but really got hooked. I always shot aluminum but the past couple years I have gone to carbon. For me the carbon are much more durable so they last forever………..except when I loose them outdoors. I would look at picking up some Gold tip Traditionals. They are about the cheapest and work great for me. You can get them off the auction site for about $60-70 a dozen. You will probably need the 3555’s or maybe the 5575’s if you need stiffer. I believe you can get them by the half dozen so you can figure out what works best of you and then buy more.