I have been a roundwound string guy for my basses since I started. I love the growl I get from them but there have been times when I tried flatwounds in the hope of getting rid of more finger noise. I had never been happy with the sound I was getting from well regarded flatwounds by LaBella and other companies. That seems to have changed after I bought some D'Addario Chromes. Several people had mentioned them in the past and said that they were brighter than most flatwounds. I wasn't sure what this would end up meaning in a playing situation but decided to give these strings a try on my '74 P-Bass. The frets could use a break from roundwounds, so it seemed like a good choice to host these strings. I was VERY pleasantly surprised! My best description would be to say that almost everything I like about roundwounds was retained in these Chromes but with no finger noise. The tone is fairly rich in the mids, more than sufficient in the bottom notes and enough high mids and treble to make sure that the bass cuts through. The biggest thing I'm noticing is that the tone has remained the same after a number of hours of playing. Most flats seem to dull out, which is great for Motown and some other styles, but not what I wanted. These Chromes appear to keep their brilliance for quite a while, but the brilliance isn't the kind that makes you want to close your ears. Upper register notes simply come out articulate. The more I play these strings, at least on that bass, the more I like them. Expensive but, for me, worth it!