I picked up a Takamine EG512C that I absolutely love, but the stock strings which are still on it are horrifying. I just cannot stand the rattle. It says a lot about the bass that I really like it despite the strings that are on it. I can just tell that with the right strings this baby is going to really sound fantastic. Used the search function here and have pretty much decided on either Chromes or D'Addario tapewounds. But which one? I'd like to throw a set on this weekend. My needs are simple... My goal is as much volume as possible with minimal string noise and a thumpy tone similar to what I get with Chromes on my electric basses. Would appreciate any and all opinions. Other string suggestions are also welcome.