A few weeks ago, I was in a local music store and the they had a set of Thomastik Dominants marked all the way down to $59!!! Well, I know I am an ultra-newbie, but I been around long enough to know this is a killer price. The best internet price I have seen was something like $130. The clerk said that they had been on the shelf since he started there two years ago. I took them off their hands. I play folk and bluegrass only and everything I read talks about dominants being an orchestral string, but since these are supposed to be Thomastik's take on gut, I thought they might be cool for me. After three weeks, I love these strings. They are very easy to finger and also seem gentle on the right hand. These strings along with a slight shortening/thinning of the bridge have made the bass play about 1000 times better than before. The strings have a wonderful, dark tone. Short and thumpish like bluegrass ought to be, but if you let the note sustain it does have a great deal of tonal color and character. Perhaps any string compares favorably to the La Bella 610s that were on there, but wow, what a difference. When I first brought in the bass to my lesson after the work, my teacher played it and said it was MUCH better for me to be learning on. This adjustment has greatly reduced fatigue. At first the E was weak and muddy. I thought this was odd since I read that many use just the Dominant E along with other strings. My teacher moved the post closer to the bridge foot and it helped both the E and the A. Now they are fairly well balanced. The combination of the lower action and these strings have lowered the bass's volume, but that is a suitable compromise IMO. Although the bass is new, just the couple of hours a day for the past month seem to be helping it begin to open up. I think it will get louder with time.