In the eight years I've had this bass (shen 7/8 flatback) I've had a lot of strings on it. Among others, Spiro mittels, spiro weichs, velvet animas, velvet blues,and for a long long stretch Evah Pirazzi weichs. The EVs have been on their a long time and there's lots to like--nice dark but still articulate sound, big thump on the front of the note, great for walking lines. But hard on the hands. I had a long stretch with a lot of intensive playing and my hands were just tore up. They EVs have been hard to tune lately and I figured maybe it's time for a change. So, new set of Spiro weichs. Ugh! It's like playing a telecaster in a country band! Twang Twang twang. This is supposed to be a bass, dammit! Nice soft feel though. I know from experience they'll settle in, and lose the twang, but for crying out loud, I'd be afraid to show up at a gig sounding like this. I need to render up a pan of chicken fat, rub it into the G string, or something. You wonder how these ever got approved for production at the spiro factory. "eureka! we've done it! We've managed to create a string that makes a bass sound like a dreadnaught at a bluegrass jam."