I'm trying to find the "right" strings to get next, but I need some suggestions. Here's what I have tried and what I've felt: ---- D'Addario XL: sound good but just lack a certain something overall, similar to GHS Boomers D'Addario XL EXP: same as the regular XL's but felt a bit smoother w/ the coating, not as bright out-of-the-box Dean Markley Blue Steel: too tinny and not enough bottom, rough on the hands DR Sunbeams: just plain hated, boring tone and died very quickly Ernie Ball Slinkys: sound decent but die fairly quickly GHS Boomers: sound good but just lack a certain something overall, similar to D'Addario XL's Warwick ??? Label Steel: crappy tone, sandpaper feel, only strings I've ever had break on me ---- I have 2 basses, a G&L L-2000 and an Ibanez GSR 200 w/ EMG P&J pickups. I use the G&L with a pick for more aggressive and "lead" bass tones. The EMG's are much more tame so I use my Ibanez for warmer fingerstyle playing. I'm looking to replace the strings on both of my basses. On my L-2000 I'm looking to get a sound somewhere between Green Day's "Dookie" and Incubus' "SCIENCE". Cut through the mix, slight growl/bite, but retaining bottom end. On my Ibanez I'm looking to get the sound on Cake's "Fashion Nugget". Deep and smooth. I picked up a set of Fender flatwounds on a whim, but I haven't put them on yet as I have no idea if they will obtain the tone I want (I've never played flats before). If you've managed to read through this entire post and have any advice or recommendations to offer, I'd really appreciate it.