I've made some sound samples of different string brands for anyone that's interested. Here are the brands: DR Hi-beams .040 .060 .080 .100 Elrick strings .045 .065 .080 .100 D'addario Chromes flatwounds- .045 .065 .080 .100 Fender 9050 flatwounds- .045 .060 .080 .095 All of the strings were tested new. I'm not sure if the Elricks are nickels or steels as they came with a bass I bought, but I'm pretty positive they're steels. The big surprise is that I didn't test a set of Fodera Diamonds, which are my favorite brand of strings. I thought I had a new set put aside when I made my last string order, but I guess I was wrong, and I didn't want to test strings that were already well broken-in. I also ran them through two different basses- one, a neck-through with Bart soapbars, and the other a bolt-on with Bart X-style Jazz pickups. I've had a good amount of experience with DR Hi-beams in the past, but the other types of strings were new to me. Fingerstyle samples for the neck-through with soapbars: DR Hi-beams Elricks D'addario Chromes Fender 9050s Chord samples for the neck-through with soapbars: DR Hi-beams Elricks D'addario Chromes Fender 9050s Slap samples for the neck-through with soapbars: DR Hi-beams Elricks D'addario Chromes Fender 9050s Fingerstyle samples for the bolt-on with Js: DR Hi-beams Elricks D'addario Chromes Fender 9050s Chord samples for the bolt-on with Js: DR Hi-beams Elricks D'addario Chromes Fender 9050s Slap samples for the bolt-on with Js: DR Hi-beams Elricks D'addario Chromes Fender 9050s Overall review: I liked the Elricks quite a bit- they were similar to Fodera Diamonds but the mids were really dominant. I'm not used to a .065 D string, and they don't offer a set lighter than Medium-Light. They were still quite quick-feeling. Very good strings overall- even and flexible. The DRs were all about a slap tone... they had a thinner sound with super-bright high mids. Very metallic-sounding. Super-fast strings- I could play quick string-crossing parts and they'd respond immediately. Not much in the way of a deep or mellow tone though. The D'addario Chromes flatwounds were a pleasant surprise- they had a great feel, smooth, deep mellow tone, and a pretty good slap tone. Very stiff at the string wrappings, yet quite flexible to pluck. Thumpy but still a bit defined. Still not as fast in response as roundwounds. Had a definite difference in tone compared to rounds on my bolt-on..I enjoyed them very much, and if I dedicate a bass to a thumpier tone, I'll use these. I know a lot of guys swear by the Fender 9050s, but I didn't like them for my style of playing at all. They offer a good mix between roundwound sound and flatwound feel, but I didn't much like the plastic-y texture of the strings. Very slow response- I really had to work to get the slap parts played. They did have a beautiful chordal tone though. I'll be selling this set as I don't see myself using them again. I hope this was a bit of help for you guys. I will likely add to this thread when I try different brands of strings. Please let me know if any of the links are wrong or down.