Inpired by john-boro's post, thought I'd share some "then and now" examples of the same set of TI flats over their lifespan. First track are TI Jazz flats when they were pretty new, circa 1999 (might have been 1998, I'm a little fuzzy on the exact year). P bass, doesn't come in until the second verse: [SOUNDCLOUD]http://snd.sc/LwKpNW[/SOUNDCLOUD] And here's the same set of strings now in 2012 (well, the G string broke and got replaced somewhere in the early 2000s), on a Jazz, neck pickup only. It was super fun recording on bass again in a real (i.e. non-bedroom) studio after a looong hiatus, and a hoot playing with a bunch of other old-timers. No computers at all in this studio, it's all tracked live to 2" with the exception of the vocals. Punch-in, shmunch-in, we kept all the flubs and mostly the first takes: [SOUNDCLOUD]http://snd.sc/LwKvFs[/SOUNDCLOUD] The strings still feel great and sound decent (to my ears, they even sound better with age). And even though $45 seemed expensive for strings at the time, the cost over their lifespan has worked out to under 30 cents a month. That number gets lower every year I use 'em.