About 6 or 7 years ago, I came up with the idea of "flounds," a type of string that sounds like new rounds and dead flats both. As I generally only like to take one bass to gigs but I want maximum versatility, I thought this would be a great idea that with today's space age technology would be easy to accomplish, and I expected major string manufacturers to run with it. But as of today, still nothing. The closest I've gotten to the flounds concept are dead Dunlop Super Bright Nickels. If you play lightly on them with fingers or thumb, they do a fairly credible job of sounding like flats, and if you play harder or use a pick, they still have some snappy zing to the sound. But this is the only set of strings I've tried that can do this kind of double duty, the sounds are still approximations and not dead ringers, and technique plays such a big part that they can't be called "flounds." Close but still unacceptable. Most dead rounds just sound like dead rounds and are kind of blah in the zing department, except they have just enough of it when played lightly to sound like dead rounds and not dead flats. And while new flats can often sound like rounds, they have too much zing to sound like dead flats. And when they go dead, you get that "thwack" when slapped or played with a pick, which is great but sounds nothing like new rounds. Tapewounds sound like rounds covered in tape. And forget half rounds or pressed rounds, which to me are neither fish nor fowl whether new or dead. So what's the holdup? We can send satellites out to deep space, we can have video conversations with people worldwide for the price of a computer and an internet connection, we can squeeze 5000 watts into a 1 lb box the size of a whiskey flask, but we can't have flounds? I suppose everyone's going to play the "physics" card, huh? Lame. If we can send satellites out to deep space, that tells me we can defeat the laws of physics in other ways, and strings should be one of the easier ways of defeating them. OK, string makers...let's hear your crummy excuses.