Thought I would take a minute to talk about these strings since they are still fairly new to the market (I don't know of too many people playing them here in Vancouver). The test basses: Pearson Bass Five string (High c) with parallel wind Nordstrand Dual Coils. Mollerup Bass Six String with a Single Nordstrand Dual Coil. Both instruments are 33'' scale. After coming off 6 months of labella gold tape wounds, then about two months of dr Hi-beams, which have been my go-to string for the last couple of years. Feel: These strings have the same pliable, bouncy character that I like in Hi-beams and feel lighter than their thickness would suggest (I was used to it due to the last two string sets I was on). They come in just a hair tighter I think than Hi-beams of the same gauge. The low b sounded and felt great on the 6 string. I have a light touch and actually like how a .125 b feels so the .130 in this set worked fine for me. The high c was a good match tension wise to the rest of the set, and didn't stick out like it can in some other sets. They have slightly less elasticity in feel across all strings when compared to round core DRs. That being said they still feel much better than other hex core stainless strings I've played from D'addario, GHS, Roto etc. Texture: They are stainless, so they are rough. Just the way it is. These feel actually a little rougher than Hi-beams and similar to the D'addario pro steels I used to use (but much better elasticity and sound). Sound: These are bright and clear but not at all harsh. Not quite as smooth as Hi-beams (which I've always found to have a nice sweet treble) but not even close to as harsh and sterile as pro steels. These do the "piano tone" thing with the right technique, but I had no problem getting them to blend in both big band and jazz quartet (playing everything from bebop (well my best attempt) to hip-hop and latin tunes) in quiet, restaurant type settings. With the right eq these could do the modern metal thing easily. A very versatile sound. I like my setup low enough that I can get a little growl and fret noise when I dig, and these did that well without covering up the fundamental. Durability: Heres my favourite part. Ive had them on my 5 for about a month. I gig anywhere from 1-3 times a week and have regular rehearsals two days a week, plus practice time. These strings are still bright enough to yield a slap sound I would record with. Ive found when rounds go dead they can also feel stiffer and like you need to work harder to pull a sound from them. These still have the same lively, sensitive character that has only diminished slightly from the brand new sound and feel. Kind of similar to Hi-beams. They come out of the pack useable and not overly bright, and they seem to keep that character for decent amount of time. Vs something like ProSteels or Rotos that come out of the pack harsh, settle after a day, then after a week become much darker than I like. Overall I dig these. I think I still prefer Hi-beams slightly, but these are much more affordable. Very usable sound, great feel, slightly rougher texture than some rounds but not as bad as others. Im kind of curious about the nickel version now. I haven't used nickel in years since they always seemed to die instantly in my hands but if they carry the same longevity of the steels I might benefit from the smoother texture. Conclusion: Try them! Cheap and good strings!