Originally Posted by HailCorduroy
But my fingers have to play that sound for 4 hours at a time. I love the sound of flats, especially on my P-bass. I like the sound of flats on my Jazz, I just want to have a different sound and I have tried full rounds and didn't like the sound. Too many squeeks and too bright.
HC, I had essientially the exact same problem. I had used various nickel rounds for years, but I was never quite happy with the sound (or the feel). Using old rounds helped tone them down a bit, but even those were too harsh, noisey, and bright for my liking - the Ken Smith Slick Rounds solved that problem - I just wish I would've found them earlier. There are a few different companies that make a couple different strings that sit between the typical round and flat:
Ken Smith makes Compressors and Slick Rounds
GHS makes Pressurewound and Brite Flats
S.I.T. makes Silencers and Power Flats
That's just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are others. I have only tried the Ken Smith SW's. I've used GHS rounds in the past and they make a good string (I've heard ppl say their Pressurewounds are very similar to Ken Smith's Compressors), and I'm getting ready to try the S.I.T.'s - they make good stuff too - plus, they are based in Ohio and I like the idea of supporting a local business. I found a demo of the GHS's - that should give you a better idea of what you can expect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GcQJyHGbeY