Hi! I've been playing TI flats for . . . going on four years now, and I always gig the bass that has them, even when I want a bit of roundwound growl, and even though they're not on my preferred instrument. My favourite bass (pbass) has had DR Sunbeams (105-to-45, I think) on it for well over a year now, and by now I've figured out why they're not for me; close, yes, but no cigar, because of the feel. Please hear me out. E string: With the index finger aligned with the bridge, press the e-string down with your thumb. Note the exact amount of force you're using, the sharpness of the angle of bend at the bridge, and the gap between the E and A string. The gap is larger for the TI flats than Sunbeams. I'm not sure which is the higher tension, or more flexible string, but the Thomastiks provide better E-string control. G string: With the same measurement, but using finger instead of thumb, Thomastiks are more flexible. This I can see from the saddle-to-string angle, when bent. It's quite sharp for the TIs! So, I'm looking for a set of roundwounds with a similar beautifully balanced string-to-string tone and feel of the TIs, at the same or slightly higher perceived tension, and with a similar lush/rich tone (midrange presence?). Smoother winds are preferred, and not ones that will eat vintage-sized frets. I play 80% fingerstyle, 20% pick. From reading the forums, I suspect the TI flat equivalent feeling rounds are made by Warwick, Ken Smith, R Coco, Circle K, Fodera, Alembic, La Bella, another type of Thomatik . . . or maybe those new D'Addario balanced ones? I don't have the money to try them all, or even most of them. :-( Your recommendations please.