I was looking for a set of flat wound strings for my Ibanez Talman short scale bass, and AMS happened to offer these on their site, so I decided to give them a shot, even though they cost slightly more than the Rotosound flats I've used on other basses for the past 4 or 5 years. I have to say, these are the best flats I've ever used, and I think it's worth the extra couple of bucks that they cost! I didn't have to break them in at all, which I would have to with the other brand, which means they don't feel stiff, and have a low tension, at least in feel. Mind you, this is a short scale, so I don't know how the long scale ones will feel, if any difference. Very smooth on the fingers, but they also have a bit of a brighter tone to them, at least compared to the Rotosounds I've used. They're not exactly as bright as rounds, only a little bit, but very smooth. Maybe they'll darken with age, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, if you like flats. They certainly sound and play nice now.