I've been playing with Chromes. Sorry, forget which ones. They've been like butter on my fingers, but I'd noticed the sound just wasn't cutting through lately. Even with Covid, I've been practicing with the mates pretty regularly. Anyway, I decided I wanted to go back to good old roundwound stainless so I put a set of Duncan Marcus Miller's on my old trusty just before practice this Tues. First and foremost, they sounded AWESOME. The difference in clarity was amazing. Even the others noticed. I did scoop the eq a bit more than normal, but I'm convinced it was the strings that really made it shine. About 1/2 way through, I noticed my fingers were getting a bit sore (plucking hand). But I soldiered on. Got done and I had some nice blisters going on. Still healing today! I swear I used to have rock-hard fingertips, but those stainless roundwounds REALLY did a number on em. I think the chromes were just too mild and my fingertips got lazy and soft. This really isn't a complaint! The sound is worth a little bloodshed IMHO! Okay, not blood but some pain for sure. But I'll get back to my rock-hard former self. (fingertips, not abdomen unfortunately). As much as I liked the feel of the chromes, I love the sound of good old steel better.