I did a lot of reading around before I bought my most recent set of strings for my new jaguar. I went with some Ken Smith Compressors as I wanted something somewhere between flats and rounds. Even though they're the same gauge I used to use the strings feel very stiff and seem to have much higher tension. I swapped the low E back to the bog standard Fender string that came with the bass and it was definitely much looser feeling, less tension and easier to play. I've never really noticed this or thought about it before but sadly after spending out on my new Ken Smith's it looks like they're destined for the drawer and my search starts again. How can I tell whether a string will have a loose or tight feel? Does what I'm saying even make any sense? Why would one set of strings feel stiffer and therefore tougher to play even though they're the same gauge? I'm now looking at some D'Addario ENR70 half rounds but want to be sure they won't have that same stiff feeling.