dhd, I'm not a bass player, but I dabble. At church this Sunday, my bass player was playing a Hofner bass with flat wound strings and saying how much he loved them. I asked if I could try and he said, "Of course, no problem."
I was kind of amazed. I've never found a bass so easy to play as with those strings! The nice action helped too of course, but wow. What a difference those strings made on the exaggerated sized strings of a bass.
I'm actually thinking of trying them on one of my guitars. I'm not sure if I'd like them on a guitar as I'm one of those weird people that actually likes a wee bit of string squawk for the quaintness of the sounds it creates, but I'm still very curious and would like to try them.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!