I know most of you can hear it clearly. I can't. People rave about the NEW sound of a set of strings, but I don't get it. I did notice a bit of difference when I changed strings on my Strat to DR Silver Stars, but on bass, I can't tell a difference. I got some flatwound chromes just so I don't have to change strings any more. For my other guitars & basses, what makes you decide they're dead?