I like these strings. I put them on a bass that I never ever wanted to restring again. I chose this stringset over all others mainly because of things I didn't want to hear. On the top end nothing: bright; clanky, 'modern', or twangy. On the bottom end the last thing I wanted was a dull dead thumper. Things I wanted to hear included: strong attack, a well focused fundamental, full midrange content, smooth glassy highs, and good sustain. The Fender 9050M stringset gives me all of that and more. They sound good straight out of the pack, and have good string-to-string balance of volume and tone. I put these on last month and have 40+ hours playing time on them and they have begun to settle in nicely. It is easy to tell they will sound superb far longer than I will live. Although Fender does not publish tension measurements, make no mistake, the tension is high. I used D'Addario's figures for their Chromes just to get a ballpark estimate at about 225 pounds total set tension. Anything over 200 is quite a bit. The .055 G and .070 D are both around 65 pounds each. That's a lot. Yes, you can feel it when you play. So what. Don't be a wimp. The heavier G & D strings gave me that solid, powerful, and authoritative tone and attack that I wanted straight away. There is a tremendous amount of bass meat to be had and it makes my ears happy. The .090 A string is nothing short of glorious. You would think that the .105 E would unbalance the set, but it doesn't and fits in and plays well with the others. If I really wanted a .110 E, I could get a D'Addario Chromes E. An extreme strong point of this stringset is the full well focused midrange. It presents itself like a herd of wild mustangs thundering across the western plains powerfully muscular and unrestrained. The low mids are especially strong & clear, but don't overpower the rest of the midrange. The top end is smooth and glassy with a bit of air underneath to give the tone a bit of lift right where it needs it. It's a nice touch that allows for some delicate dynamics when desired. Flexibility is not a term in this stringset's lexicon. Stiff, yes, but not completely unyielding. The bridge on my bass is a Hipshot top load only. I would not recommend through body stringing.