I play in a classic hard rock band. I have a 5 string active Washburn through a Zoom B2, and an Ashdown Superfly through two neo 115's. I've had the Chromes on for a couple of weeks now. They've settled in nicely and while the harsh brightness has worn off, it's been replaced by fuller lows and more evenness across the strings. First chance I've had to really work them in a band setting was rehearsal last night. We rehearse at a decent volume level, but not at gig levels. Unfortunatley, at rehearsals I play through an old Peavey Mark III head and an 1820 cab. Not ideal, but it's usable. The Chromes still have that mid clarity that makes them stand out, but it's backed by a strong low end that is full, tight and defined. The Chromes are anything but muddy in a band mix. The low B and E strings fill in perfectly with the drummer and when we are locked in there is very little difference between the bass and drums...just this pulsing rhythm section. The guitars sound like guitars and the bass sounds like bass...no one stepping on each others sonic space. When playing on the A, D and G strings it is obvious that's where the Chromes are different. They really punch through so when I'm playing runs the thinner strings don't sound thin at all. Very present. When I'd go to do a bass run, it was right there and the low end didn't suffer like it has with rounds. Even the TI's A, D and G strings sounded thinner than the Chromes. That's all for now. I won't know for sure how I feel about the Chromes until my first gig out live with the band next weekend. That'll be the true test.