I have always preferred to use flats top loaded, vs STB ... I know some people do STB, but there are also many of us that do not ... Labella has actually came out with a STB flat vs their previously available flatwounds (which they do not recommend to be STB) ... I use Chromes, have several gauges strung on basses, and I really can't imagine ever having a problem with sustain on any of them top loaded ... I even stuff foam at the bridge to tame them down sometimes ... I just like the idea of as straight of a run as possible on flatwounds, with just the simple creases at the two witness points ... JMHO ...
.. glad you are digging the Chromes ... flats can be an exhausting (and expensive) search .. with regards to the stretching, I usually just give them a good pull up a couple times and then retune ... I may do that a few times the first day or two and then just play the twang out of 'em ..
Last edited by tjh : 10-23-2013 at 03:18 PM.