I hear horror stories all the time and I know many people will run flats over any other string to prevent it. I believe I've used stainless strings 3 times in my bass playing life. 1. On a Fender Jazz V. It was DR High Beams. I remember loving the feel of those strings and the sound was pretty good as well. That was around the time I got on TB and realized stainless strings destroy your frets, so I stopped using them. 2. I got a Peavey Millennium 4 banger off of Ebay once. I literally unpacked it, tuned it, and put it in a case for a gig that night. There was no doubt the strings were stainless because they were very "grabby." Had a great tone to them. They were well worn in but still had brightness. I changed them for nickels the next morning and took the bass to a gig that night. Same gig, band, venue just different strings. Still had a good tone, but different. 3. I bought a Warwick Corvette 6er. It came with DR Long Necks. That bass killed! Kinda regret selling it but the Vette's have such an odd body shape. Strings had a great tone to them and didn't feel overly coarse. So, I feel I've had some success with stainless. I don't care for the grabby feel, but the tone I have liked. I'm noticing that there are a lot of stainless sets that come in gauges I like and offer tapered strings on the B & E where nickels do not. I'm thinking about grabbing some stainless strings but I don't wanna destroy my frets. I'm not one of those that worries about this constantly, but if I can prevent major damage I will. So, who has real life experience with this and not just something they read in a thread by somebody who was told that stainless wears frets out super fast?