Holy cow, folks... just strung my Valenti 5-string with a set of La Bella Deep Talkin' Bass flats... light gauge (.43, .60, .82, .104, .128)... and wowzers, these things are simply incredible! It's been a while since I've used flats... why the heck did I wait so long? Superb sound + great feel. They're full, punchy and smooth and they stay in tune quite well. There appears to be an increase in tension vs. the GHS Pressurewounds I had on the bass, but that's a good thing as these La Bellas are playing incredibly well... I love what I'm experiencing. I don't slap that much these days... so in regard to that, moving to flats isn't a big deal. Love the tapered low B string. While many makers' Bs fart out, La Bella's B sounds dynamite. If you're frustrated with your current strings and are open to flats, go yourself some!