I have read in several places here, that basses with thick or stiff top plates, often improve in volume and response with heavy or "stark" strings. The extra pressure apparently gets the thick plate moving. Conversely, it seems that a bass with a thin or flexible top plate may actually have it's volume and response inhibited, by the additional pressure of these strings. Assuming this is all true, I would like to know from those who actually have experience with this instrument, if the Shen SB180 hybrid that I have, would be considered to have a thin top or a thick top. I am considering a new set of strings for orchestra, and I am interested in the Pirastro Flexicore 92 "Starks" or the Jarger "Heavy" strings, but I am concerned that my bass may not resond well to these heavy strings. Similarly would the New Standard "Cleveland" Hybrid, be considered to have a thick or stiff top?