Always loved flats but mostly needed rounds through the years, so that's what I ended up using except on rare occasions. Just started doing gigs with a mellow but edgy 4-member band with a fingerstyle electric guitarist, harmonica, drums and bass. On the gigs I've done so far, I used dead Dunlop Super Bright Nickels, which do a great imitation of flats but miss the mark this band needs. But only one of my basses was stage ready with flats and none of my Fenders were. So for the past few days I've been working on some of my lesser played basses and converting them to flats, and now I've got 5 to choose from! And best of all, I used old strings that I had laying around so I didn't have to go out of pocket. None of them are worth a lot, and a couple were rock bottom dirt cheap, but they all have great sound and good reasonably low action, which is a must for me. Please allow me to present the collection and dissect them a little... 2009 Danelectro Dead-On Longhorn: Got it for half off after it and its twin sat in Sam Ash for a year. While the Chinese Danos often get slagged for being even more cheap and flimsy than most Danos, it's been a total rock for me, sounds terrific, and even survived several flights checked as baggage in my SKB Bass Safe and a gigbag. And once you get it in tune it stays there, despite the really crappy Kluson knock-off guitar tuners. Drilled a hole for a Dunlop Straplok in the upper horn when I got it (the original is behind the neck in a really bad location), and it hasn't moved, either. Sports an older set of LaBella short scale DTF's 39-96 as of a few days ago, and like all my shorties with wood bridges, took very little time to set up for flats. 2005 Jay Turser violin bass: Bought it new as a relief bass for my sore shoulder, ended up loving it till I got the violin bass next to it. Always sounded more even and less exciting than the other, which totally has THE sound. But recently, I've been playing it more and I'm thinking the tone has somehow improved and is getting more badass. Plus it's built and plays better than the other, which has a slightly twisted neck and that quirky 60's Japanese thing of making the string spacing the same from nut to bridge. Being a practical sort, I'll probably use the Turser more with them since it's less of a challenge to play more difficult lines. And it's not far enough off the mark of the other tonally to where I'll feel inadequate by any means. Has D'addario Chromes balanced tension 45-95. 1967 or 68 Realistic violin bass: Got this in I think 2012 as a project. Only bought it because it was hilarious that it was sold at Radio Shack. But it turned out great and became my go-to hollowbody. It's the standard Matsumoku violin bass build of the late 60's with some quirks...the aforementioned strings spaced out the same from nut to bridge and slightly warped neck, and it has rattly tuner paddles that always need super glued, but it has THE sound you expect from violin basses as discussed before and still feels pretty good under the hands despite the spacing slowing me down somewhat. Sounds awesome with dirt, too, especially fuzz! Has LaBellas 39-96 that I put on when I first got it, and was the only bass ready to play out that I had till this weekend. 1995 Fender Precision Lyte with EMG PJ actives and BQC Preamp: Bought in 2008 as a relief bass that was more Fendery than the Turser. Hated the stock active system, discovered it only sounds good with really hot pickups and sounds blah with vintage output pickups. Went through Duncan Quarter Pounders and DiMarzio Model PJ before the EMG's. Seems a strange choice for flats, but I've used it before with Chromes and was really happy with the sound and the ability to dial in different classic flats tones without changing amp settings. A bit cleaner and more hi-fi for lack of a better term, but I was quite happy with it before. Was sporting new Dunlop SBN rounds 40-100, but put new Dunlop flats 45-105 on it Sunday evening. Wasn't sure if I'd like the heavier gauges, especially when the truss rod took two days to set right, but I love the extremely smooth feel, they're lower tension than most flats, and they go way thumpy when dead. Might still prefer them lighter, but my next bass has had them for a few months and it's working out on them pretty well, and it's not like we're Vulfpeck, if you know what I mean. Parts PJ: Got the J style neck from StewMac in the mid-90's, bought the plywood body and bridge off Ebay as a package in 2000 or 2001, and in both cases it was because they were the absolute cheapest parts I could find at the time. Mostly has been a tester for parts and strings where I didn't want to mess up a good bass with something I may not like. Feels cheap compared to my MIA Fenders and my Hammersmith, but plays pretty well otherwise and sounds like any good Fender should now that I've got my favorite EMG Geezer Butler PJ's in it. Flats game before tonight: weak. Flats game tonight: strong.