Long story short... For the past 35 years or so I've been using La Bella Deep Talkin' Bass rounds on my short-scale basses almost exclusively. Unfortunately for me, they have been discontinued and I'll soon be running out of the small stock that I have on hand. I can't play flats. Period. The same applies to lighter gauge strings. My current set is 044-110, and I would love to stay somewhere within that vicinity. The E string should be 105 at least, and thicker is better for my needs. Stainless steel strongly preferred. Willing to listen to any and all experiences that fellow TB members may have to offer on the subject matter at hand. Thanks in advance.