I am a dedicated flatwound user, and currently have a P strung with GHS Precisions and Jazzes with Chromes and T.I. flats. I also have 2 other basses with tapewounds. In the past I have also used LaBella Original 54s but found them just too thick and stiff. I love flats, and I appreciate them all for different reasons. With the T.I.s, I like the lighter feel and tension, which I think they allow me to play more "playfully" than with other flats and, for the most part, I like that they sound the most different from the others. (I know trying to describe sound is is like trying to describe the taste of wine--all imagery of something else--but I would describe them as having a more "hollow/grindy/metallic" and less "thumpy" sound than the others.) However, the one problem I have with them is the sound of the open E string. Compared to all the other flats I've tried, to me, the T.I.s just seem to lose too much of the fundamental note of the low E to the harmonics--as if the bottom drops out. (I would say the problem persists to some degree up to about the 3rd fret, so I don't think it is related to the nut.) I have tried the string on both the P bass and a Jazz, and it was the same on both basses. I even called T.I. about it and they were kind enough to send me another E string to try--but it was again the same problem with the replacement string on both basses. So I think I have tested it enough different ways to determine that the issue is not specific to one bass or string, and that this may just be the way the T.I. E string is supposed to sound. Am I alone in this experience? Is there something I'm missing? I know the T.I.s get a lot of love here, and I get it because I do find there is a lot about them to like. I'm just wondering if others think the E string sounds just fine?