I love the bright, clear, warm sound of my ash/maple F-Bass BN5 but sometimes the tone has a little too much twang and attack for me. I'm just curious how folks would compare the sound of other F-Bass wood combos to ash/maple. The tone of their alder/maple/ebony fretless basses is quite remarkable. Also wondering if anyone's compared the BN5 and the discontinued Studio model side-by-side. I remember seeing a few solid-color basswood/maple/ebony Studios on the 'net. I've been through a lot of roundwounds (LaBella Super Steps, Adamas, TI Jazz Rounds, D'Addario XLs and Slowounds), finding I prefer the darker sound of nickel strings. I've thought about changing to half rounds or flats, but I don't want to lose too much punch and sustain. I tried a spare TI Jazz Flat low B on it and wasn't too impressed with its response. Anyone put flats/half-rounds on an F before?