A friend of mine from Germany (16fuss from talkbass) just got a hold of a set of new strings called TWINE. From what he told me they are flat wound gut and they are made by one of the original partners from Velvet. Apparently there was a dispute and Mr Schertler kept running Velvet, while this other fellow is now making his own strings. Well, the report from my friend is that the strings are just incredible, far better than Velvets in his opinion, and alas, about twice the price. There you have it, I don't play gut but I thought you would enjoy.