Originally Posted by coldwar1977
Now I've read numerous times that flatwounds, and especially Chromes, have a lot more tension and feel stiffer.
I have the Chromes in 50-105 on a Hamer CruiseBass and they are indeed pretty stiff. They sound very balanced and smooth, which is what I wanted for that bass. In particular, the G-string does not scream out with a different voice, which it usually does using lighter gauge.
I also use the Ernie ball 2804 Group II (50-105) on my P bass, and they are a bit softer, but not much. I think they are easier to play than the Chromes, and not quite as brite. They are perfect for that thuddy/lumpy P bass tone.
If you want a softer string, use the Thomastik Infeld jazz strings. I have them on another CruiseBass (Jazz type bass). Soft as butter, last forever. But they are easy to over power, so if you are a hard plucker they will clatter like mad. I like them at home for practice, but find I get too excited when I play out and I smack them too much into the pickups