Ok, so I guess I have a question, well really I'm looking for an explanation... The other day, I went down to the Bass Cellar in Cinci (great place), and my friend who also plays upright bass ended up buying a Sam Shen Laminate, and got Thomastik Weichs (Pronounced Vikes) put on it. He's mostly a jazz player, as am I, however I also play in a University Orchestra. Now this is where it gets strange... While my bass was in the shop, (I have a fully hand carved willow Sam Shen Bass), anyhow, I borrowed my friend's bass for Orchestra rehersal, and to my suprise, the strings sounded great! Very smooth, warm, and rich. How can this be explained, seeing as how Vikes are usually said to be even more of a jazz string than the Thomastik Spirocores (which I use on my bass). Obviously, it's not the bass, I mean the laminate is nice, but my bass has an overall fuller sound. Has anyone had any other expirence with Thomastik Weichs? I'm seriously leaning towards buying a set, since they get more of a jazz growl which I like, while still maintaing a decent (almost exceptable by my classical instructor) classical tone.