So all this talk of flats has me wanting to give it a try. Having worked at a couple of dealerships (guitar shops) I have a couple of old sets laying around. There's not much call for flats around here so these just sat on the shelf for years. Finally, the boss told me to take them home. He was tired of counting them in inventory. So...what I have 1) Ernie Ball Custom Guage Group IV - part #2808- 40,60,70, & 95 guage strings (package doesn't say what they are made of) 2) GHS Stainless Steel Precision Flatwound - Standard Long Scale- Light Guage - Part #3025 - 45, 60, 75, &95 guage strings Both are probably from the 80's and have been in the pack since then. Are either of these any good? I'm thinking that they may both be terrible and turn me off to flats forever. I'm looking at putting them on a standard passive J. I play just a little heavy-handed so too little tension may be a problem. As far as tone goes, I play fill-in gigs. I will just take the right bass for the gig, so if this bass were to be "too dull" sounding for some stuff, I would just grab another bass for that gig. But if the payoff is a great tone for old school (motown etc.) then it's worth it to me. Any help would be great. If you guys think that these are no good (which may be why they never sold) then I will scrap them and try something else. Thanks!