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I love the tone of Elixir Nickels and I'm usually the type that goes for deeper toned Stainless strings . Elixir nickels have a very sweet, almost saturated quality in the highs that is really nice. They do lack a bit of focus because of this, however.
They are also the smoothest feeling roundwound available.
They last longer than anything else I have tried or read about. I'm talking several months and they still sound pretty fresh.
My only problem with Elixirs is a gripe I have with a lot of standard string sets: The E strings are notably less tension than the rest of the set. It has caused me some setup issues on a couple of basses. However, you can order individual strings and make your own custom sets with better balance.
Some of my most favorite strings are stainless steel----But I really did not like Elixir's stainless at all. I tried them on two different basses with very different pickups----there's something that comes through in the high mids that just isn't very nice. Even ignoring that, they just don't have any of the special qualities possible with stainless steel. They still feel quite smooth, however. I dunno, you might have better luck on one of your basses. I didn't like them. I was even warned about them via PM, yet I bought a set anyway :spit: In my opinion, Elixir should R&D a new Stainless String. The coating is great, but the materials for the string need to change.
DR Dragon Skins sound quite good when new. Something notable about their coating is that it kills off a lot of the overtones that you would normally get from a string. You can still play harmonics. But the overall tone is more "dry" and they have a unique "grind" when you dig in. It's a good unique!. Dragon Skins didn't last significantly longer than regular strings, for me. I've used a couple of sets. They last about 3 months for me. whereas normal, uncoated strings last me about 2 months. when Dragon Skins die, they sound like rubber.
I think the problem with DR's coating, is that they coat the wrap wire before wrapping it onto the core. So you still have gaps between windings where dirt/oils/etc can stick. Elixirs strings are fully constructed before they are coated. So there are no gaps. It's also probably part of the reason that they feel so smooth.
DR also has a very long winding length. It's 38" before the string tapers for winding on a tuner post. On my Fender bass with a top load only bridge, that's way too long and caused problems with the coating. I was afraid to fully wrap the string. On my Ibanez SRT, top load only, the string just barely has enough room for the main part of the string to hang straight, off the tuner post. I don't have any string through basses right now. I imagine those would be great for DR strings/Dragon Skins.
RotoSound Nexus Bass coated strings are interesting. First of all, they look really cool. Rich/glossy Black coating and each string has a different colored silk on it. They sound great when fresh. Nice mid-range punch that you expect from Rotosound, but more fundamental than uncoated strings.
But they age about as quickly as a normal string. When they die, they sound like rubber.