Went into a music shop today for some replacement strings. Naturally, I wanted some flatwounds, so I asked Was met by a blank look by the shop assistant. "What are they?" "Flatwound bass strings. The smooth ones." "I don't think you can get those anymore." "Yes, you can. I bought a set not that long ago." "We can order some" "OK, what makes can you get me? I really wanted Thomastics" (assistant starts leafing through strings catalog) (other assistant comes in to see what's going on) "What are you looking for?" "Flat round strings" To me: "Flatwounds are really dull sound, everyone will laugh at you if you use those, no one uses them anymore" He then starts to lecture me on bass guitar sound theory and how I should "Try some Elites". Made my excuses and left!