I got an old (natural finish) fretless Gibson Ripper from Bass Northwest around Thanksgiving. I had TI Jazz Flats on another bass and was really happy with `em. So, I figured I'd get a set of X-long TI Flats AND Rounds to try on the Ripper (thru-body stringing). Also per the suggestion of Mr. Bob Gollihur. I won't name the company, but I thought I'd save a few bucks and "get these strings cheap". Ordered `em LAST week...tick-tock...tick-tock...tick-tock... I was also real happy with Rotosound RS88 tapewounds on yet another bass (Rob Allen MB2). I noticed another company that sells "just strings" had an X-long set of 88's. I rush-ordered these and some others (an option not available where you can "get strings cheap" - regular ground shipping only). The X-long 88's came today and I slapped `em on that Ripper. OH - MWAH - GO* Not to mention "Bowwwwrrrrrrr-wow-wow" . WHENEVER those TI Flats & Rounds get here from that "other" company, I'll be sure and find `em a good home. I'd tried a few tapewound sets on the MB2: LaBella, Fender, Rotosound (current). For grins, I ordered the GHS tapewound set from the place that "just sells strings". Maybe if I break all the 88's and don't have a spare set, but...disappointing . Kinda' floppy, low-tension, no punch. Finally, a set of TI JF344 (34" Flats) to replace the (telephone cable) GHS 3050 Precision Flatwounds on a Jack Casady. Mr. Bob! You wuz right about the TI's bein' better than the P/F's. On the Casady they really sing, plus a higher output. Puts my mind at ease too what with the lower tension on its "set" neck. But I gotta' go with the X-long Roto 88's on the Ripper. It's so close! Dare I say it?... as close as the MB2? (...to an upright tone).