So today, on a whim, I decided to replace the XLs on my Stingray 4 with Ernie Ball flats 50-105. Not sure why I did it, nor what I expected to accomplish by doing so. Then I took the bass to rehearsal. Wow. What I got was a great, round bass sound with loads of attack and less of the unforgiving Stingray top-end. It's the deep, but clear tone that I've heard on recordings but have had trouble achieving myself. It's a whole different animal. I love it. I played half of rehearsal through my customary 1001RB before persuading the guitarist to let me play through his late 1960s Bassman. Momma. (Of course, a plank of wood and a rubber band would sound alright on that thing) I definitly like this sound, and am thinking I might take the Elixirs off the Yamaha BB3000S later this week and replace them with some TI's. Maybe this is how bassplayers age - they start using tube amps and switch to flatwounds. Next I'll be shoving foam under the strings.