Decided to restring my spiffy new Am. Ser. Jazz Bass tonite. I had some Rotosounds that I had picked up while I still had my Spector (and they sounded great on the Spector), so I figured I'd try them. I guess the A string was bad, since it rattled like an essobee even when I raised the bridge saddle quite a bit higher than the saddles on all the other strings. Plus they didn't really sound too great on this bass. Fine, I'll try the boomers. Boomers have always been good to me, but not this time. I don't know if I'm having bad luck, but they just sounded dull and muffled. Aha! Then I remember I have a set of Carvin .045-.100 nickels in a dresser drawer that I picked up a while back that I never tried. So, out comes the string winder again , and first comes the E string. When I heard it I was like dude. This is what I've been looking for. I imagine they're probably Labella Slappers private-labeled for Carvin, but whatever they are, they're very cool. Really bright, with punch-in-the-chest mids, and nice warm nickle-y lows. For $9.99 a set, if they'll last three or four weeks, I'm gonna keep tryin' em.