So for the 8 some years I've been playing bass, I've been using D'Addario strings, always the XL's; I sometimes change gauges for no apparent reason but I've found that I'm very fond of the 165's (.45 .65 .85 .105). I've tried a few other brands in my day but to my dismay, without much luck. It's been so many years I can't really remember the kinds I tried although I do remember giving the Blue Steels a shot... I remember I really liked the tone but the steel ate the meat right off the bone of my fingers. I've got a skin condition that for some reason finds the underside of my hands a good place to call home. In other words, my skin is sensitive. Anyway, after the initial newness wore off, I found the Blue Steels to be very flat and dead. I remember this happening only a day or two of pretty intense playing. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed and since then I've been very hesitant to purchase anything outside of what I'm comfortable with. Now keep in mind, there is nothing wrong with the strings I've been using, I like them very much. However, I can't help but feel that after all these years that it's time to try something new. Who knows, maybe there is something I may like even more out there. I'm still very unlikely to buy any steel strings because they wear on my hands to much (unless Blue Steel's are somehow different in that respect??). So to the point: Does anyone have any recommendations for nickel (roundwound) strings? Maybe somewhat similar to the D'Addarios? It's worth noting here that I've got active electronics on my bass, and all through my signal I've got plenty of room for EQ flexibility. I was thinking about the GHS Boomers or perhaps the Rotosound RS66LD Long Scale Swing 66 strings (assuming they are nickel... I couldn't really find any info with a short search). I play a little of everything although I do minimal slap/pop. Any help and/or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.