No doubt about it, there are far more brands of strings than manufacturers of strings. (3 or 4 manufacturers total is my understanding) Still, each brand is made with different alloys, wrap sizes, quality control standards, etc.
Hello all. This is a subject I find quite interesting. I've applied different era's of phil's sound and other great bass players and have come up with my current rig/sound. I used to work at Modulus with my brother Jerry Dorsch, and was fairly brain washed about basses.
What I found is I love the build quality and stability of a Modulus or in my current case Graphite Guitar Systems(GGS) and the more open, organic, aggressive sound of single coil pick-ups and passive tone and volume controls. I'm using Nordstrand's "Big Singles" and passive-jazz bass style VVT controls.
I'm also using D'Addario Chromes flatwounds. I was using Ken Smith Slickrounds and still like them a lot, but I really dig the smooth woody tone I'm getting on my D and G strings with the flats.
I guess I'm finding my own sound but I'm finding I can cop a cool 60's & 70's sounds and still pull of usable tones for the more modern stuff.
BTW, the graphite = sterille modern sound, I've totally proven that I can get warm old school sounds, but strings and pick-ups had to change.