I'm looking to replace the strings on my Smith 6, and the bass came with a set of Smith Taper Wound (BEAD) and I love the way the action is as a result of the strings. When I first played the bass, it had what I think to be a set of GHS Contact Core (BEAD) strings, only the G and C strings were not tapered at the bridge. I'm thinking about trying some LaBella's or some Dean Markley SR 2000. The Labella's are exposed down to the CORE!! And on all 6 strings, even the G and C string are exposed core as compared to the Smith and GHS sets that are only tapered on the B,E,A, & D strings. I don't know about the Dean Markley's? Does anyone out there know? I don't care for the Smith version of tapered strings, they are only exposed 1 layer of windings as opposed to the inner most winding like the LaBella's Thanks!!