Black tapewound strings have been on my radar for a while. I've read that they are a big contributor to the early British Invasion 'thump', and I quite like this oldschool tone. I've been exploring the world of flatwounds for a long time now, so I decided to get some tapes. Specifically I went for a set of D'Addario ETB92 medium-length 50-105 tapes for my Dearmond Starfire bass, and a set of Fender 9120M 58-110 tapes for my P bass. Starting with the Fender tapes, these are the more textured of the two string sets. You can feel the underlying roundwound string, and the G and D strings in particular have some of the bark of roundwounds to them. These strings look stylish as the silks are black as well. They are maybe slightly less bright sounding than the Fender 9050 flatwounds I had on there before, but a bit more flexible under the fingers. They have a bit more fret buzz to them (or at least a slightly more roundwound-flavoured buzz), the action had to be adjusted higher, and they have some of the 'quack' of dead roundwounds when you dig into the strings. The D'Addario set is much smoother across all strings. The G and D have a slight metallic 'boing' to them, but sound and feel balanced on the shortscale bass. I had junk Rotosound roundwounds on the Dearmond (just to have some sort of string on there) so there is no fair comparison here. They remind me more of flatwounds than the Fender set, but you can still hear the roundwound in them. Probably obvious news to many, but tapes aren't just black flatwounds. Both sets have have their own sound and feel, responding a bit like roundwounds under the fingers, but capable of some of the thump of flatwounds as well. There is more of a learning curve to these than I expected. They are bright, up to a point, but you can sort of feel the nylon in them stifling the brightest harmonics. At the moment I'm gravitating towards the Fender set on my P bass. Any tapewound converts?