My attack has been too sharp. It always has been. A few weeks ago I took the plunge and ordered some LaBella Deep Talkin' Tapewound Nylons for my baby.
I love em. I hit the neck pickup for some easy playin', rounded out notes for some serious boom. I switch to the bridge pickup, dig in, and pull out some wonderful growling, fretless quality sounds to really cut through the mix. The B sounds a little... uh... "bwowy", but it's gotten better as I've put the strings through their paces and I figure that with enough time the sound will round out a bit. Slap and pop with the top 3 strings is fairly phenomenal in an old school sense, but the E and B are a bit thuddy. Not a big issue as I play slap bass just about never.
The strings play like a dream, but the need a bit more fretting power than my old roundwounds. I had heard that these were of a lower tension than your normal flatwounds, and it's not like I'm jamming them down as hard as I can to avoid fret buzz, but I noticed a bit more fatigue on the left hand after an extended session than previously. Clanking, slide noise, and fret noise have all but disappeared, however, so that's a good damn thing.
Never going back to roundwounds, people.