Why are they all rounds and never flats? Unlike the last thread I started about flounds, I am serious about this. I do not understand why tapewounds are always rounds. I listened to I don't know how many demos of tapes tonight, and they all sounded like rounds covered in tape. Most don't even sound very dulled down. Even the Rotosound Tru Bass strings, which I vaguely remembered as sounding the most flats-like of any set when I had a couple come with my rehabber Realistic violin bass, sound way more like rounds to me than flats in every demo I've heard. And they're the most dulled down of any I heard. The rest might as well be slightly broken in rounds, and I've got that already with slightly broken in rounds. Yeah, OK, they're less noisy than rounds. Whoopee. To me it seems like a no brainer to make flats covered in the same kind of tape covering as the rounds. Look how many people use foam to make them sound even more dead than dead flats. A set of flats covered in tape that requires no muting to kill excess ring and overtones would be great. And with a pick they would have a very unique sort of plastic muted attack that I think many of us would find very pleasing. The only reason I could possibly think of for string companies to not do it already is the tape sealing out the goop and grime that accumulates from many hours of playing. Most flats do sound pretty zingy until they goop up. But I would think that since the tape dulls the rounds a bit, it would have the same effect on flats but be more dramatic. So am I wrong about that, string experts? Is there some other type of coating that would make flats sound like dead muted flats right out of the box without making them too fat (another pet peeve of mine with tapewound rounds)? I'm so confused!