Installed these strings last week, switching from Ernie Ball silver/blacks. My guitar is an extremely cheap mahar rescued from a thrift shop, which I upgraded. I bought new tuning machines, fabricated a new saddle and nut from ebony, and did subtle fret work. It no longer sounds like a cheap guitar. I have played guitar and bass for around twenty five years now, and have been repairing, modifying and building for almost as long. I pretty much never play with a pick, no matter what I am playing. An instant noticeable difference with this set of strings is the polished bass set. I have never played a set of strings which were this quiet. This includes steel string for electric guitars and bass strings. Changing positions and sliding is almost silent. I look forward to recording with these strings, though I have yet to do so. Another benefit to this polishing is in tuning, as the bass strings used to stick a bit on the ebony saddle. This seems to be much less of an issue with this set of strings. I have done a good amount of practice time since putting these strings in place. They handled being strapped on my side while playing in the park and under the bridge, just as if they were in the home studio. The stretch time seems to be longer in comparison with Ernie Ball's. The strings still tend to drop by a 1/4 tone regularly between sessions. I'm sure they just take more time to settle. I was also struck by the thickness of the third string, which seems like it will be durable, and has a good mid range tone. I do notice a bit more fret buzz with this set, however action at the saddle was lowered before the replacement in order to lessen the break angle. Changing the action at the nut will likely remedy this, since the guitar has no truss rod. It has been one of the more inspiring sets of string I have installed. I love the feel of them, as well as the character. They are very dynamic in their sound. The tension may be a bit unbalanced, but it is made up for!