Apologies for this being long.... I was thinking earlier about asking about switching to flats, but frankly I can't just spend $$ on strings until I find what I like... and came upon this thread just now: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f16/ever-wonder-why-chromes-fairly-bright-flats-951908/ It got me wondering if I should try Chromes. Here's my deal. I play everything from Motown to Classic Rock to Modern Country to pop-funk to modern pop in my band. I currently am stuck with having one bass which is a Peavey Millennium BXP 5 (passive Jazz bass layout). Someday I'll move up the foodchain, but not today. I play probably 95% fingerstyle, 5% pick and no slapping at all as of today. I currently use DR Fat Beams which I like pretty well, but they have a bit more zing to them than I want, and I get a lot of finger noise. I want my notes to be clearly heard with some sustain when needed, not just thump thump thump, which is what I thought flats did, so I've kind of been avoiding trying them. Can anyone give me some insight into Chromes and if they might serve my purpose? If anyone can point me to a recording of a Jazz type bass with Chromes, I'd appreciate it.