Yep, I'm that guy who is using my first post as a request for help...
Sorry. But, I'm also quite confident I'll find an answer here too - this is a pretty authoritative group!
I have looked on the BassPlayer "Wind tasting" article to no avail. All my google searches are coming up empty too. Here's what I know:
-Bridge end is silver/brass-ish in color on all 4 strings
-Windings alternate color with standard nickel/silver and a black-ish/cobalt blue (I'm not concerned about the color if the same strings are available in all silver/nickel)
use alternating gauges too - silver being smaller gauge, black/blue being heavier.
-No wrap at the peg head end
-No apparent "coating" on the strings (I play Elixr nano on my acoustic guit. and know what to expect there...)
-Alternating color windings continue after taper on E string near tuner
-They certainly don't look like a Half-wound, ground wound, or pressure wound but feel smoother than the D'Addario, GHS, and Ernie Ball strings I have used before.
Users on another forum offered this input (but with no results): "I remember reading an article about a string like that 10 years ago or more. They were trying to be a hybrid of flat and round wound. I think the idea was that the smaller piece of wrap between the wider flat pieces would give it the flexibility of rounds, but the tone and smoothness of flats.
I can't remember the manufacturer. Wouldn't be surprised if they were no longer being made. The alternating wrap process made them more difficult and more expensive to produce."
and... "Probably 'way off track but DR makes "Zebra" strings for acoustic/electric guitars that have both steel and bronze windings. Possibly this is something similar?"
Some photos from my bass can be found in the thread at: http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Bas...4193#U35894193
Thanks so much - I'd love to discover that these are still available: whether they're still using alternating color or not - because I really like the sound and feel.
I appreciate all your help!