In 15 years of playing bass I somehow never played a basic set of D'Addario Nickels. Since getting a P about a year ago (mainly to play with flats) I have been on a string quest ever since. I tried: Flats: Chromes (multiple gauges) Fender Flats TIs GHS Precision Flats Roto77s Rounds: Sunbeams boomers TI Super Alloy Other: D'Addario Tapes GHS Pressurewounds For the amount I spent on strings I could have easily bought a Squier CV P Bass. I would put a set on and would be hyper critical of the sounds I was getting. There were some I loved, some I didn't, but I was always thinking way too much about the strings. On a total whim to end my string obsessing I picked up what I thought to be the most boring strings I could think of, plain old D'Addario XLs...at Best Buy of all places, for $13. The result? I love them! It might just be because I had lower expectation, but I've had them for about a month now and they sound great. I've swapped others in and out in that time but I keep going back to them. Do they have the great thump of GHS precision flats? Obviously not. Do they feel as nice as tapewounds? No. Is there more string noise than I was used to with flats? yes. But I find myself not caring as much and just focusing on playing. I'm still a string junkie and I frequent the string threads daily here on talkbass, but these simple strings may have been the escape hatch from my string gas. As as footnote, I should add that if I could mentally settle on a single sound, GHS Precision Flats were my favorite set of flats for the classic flatwound sound. If I had to pick a 'do it all' set of flats, it would be the Fender 9050Ls. Also, the TIs are on my Jazz bass and staying there.