After studying GHS' bass string tension chart and comparing those numbers with the tension charts from D'Addario and Kalium/Circle K, I've noticed a couple of really interesting things: - B strings, both in prepackaged sets and as highlighted in these charts, have a tuned-to-pitch tension that's typically 8-10 pounds less than the E string next to it - In addition, the D string is frequently 5-8 pounds more tense than the E string, meaning that relative to a B, the D is 13-18 pounds more tense (um, wow!?!) This really surprised me. Is this done because of tone differences relative to core/wrap type, etc? To enhance the playability of thinner gauges, depending on the plucking hand's method (fingerstyle/pick/slap-pop) or music style? What's the explanation? The only exceptions to this tend to be in flatwound-land, in which tensions tend to be lower across the board, but similar tension ratios apply relative to other strings in a set ... ... and the biggest thing to me: maybe for many of those who complain about "floppy B" syndrome, it's not necessarily your bass: it's the string and its tension, both on its own and relative to the others ... ?