Anyone else give these a spin? I was told to watch for these by a guy at D'Addario last Spring as he thought they would smoke my other strings.... Well, I got an email just before Christmas from a different guy at D'Addario asking my if I'd like to try the reissued Nickel groundwounds out. I looked it over and it seemed the "D" string seemed a little higher tension for the set and that the 060 looked to be a better match, but whatever... D'Addario XL Half Rounds Warm/Bright Semi-Flatwounds I'd asked to whom the strings were being marketed too and he replied... Sounds Good, sure I'll try them out! well, I got another email stating that they were out of stock on the 6 sets.... BUT, just for me (yeah, like I need a bigger head ), they had fired up the machina 6 days early and the first set off the line was mine AND they made a single 060 just for me (it was in a guitar sized string envelope that was black sharpied to say "NHR060 Specially made for you" ) OK, initial impressions.... They have much less tension and fundamentals then my SIT PowerFlats, these are rounds that feel flat and that took me by surprise. It took me a little while to get the bass and my hands use to the difference. Once they and the bass settled in, Wow! I'm digging them!!! I could go for a *little* more darkness and thump, but they are very expressive, sustain nicely and have great tone. Rehearsal will tell me more about how they work in a live setting (no gigs till March... he had drummer problems AGAIN!), as will time. My powerflats have sounded better with age, being of the same material and type, I'm assuming the same from these. I only had the NHR065 on briefly, but I do think I was right about the 060 being a better match to the set.... thanks again for the special run. I recorded a brief, unorganized groove to a drum loop to get a feel for their recorded tone... http://hartsafire.com/mp3/skip_it.mp3 please ignore the random clams and the train wreck @ about 1:40... it's my Benavente 6 string fretless plugged direct into a soundblaster live. Recorded in Cakewalk Sonar 4 and mixed with a little eq, tape saturation and compression. He said, "Players will notice very vintage, warm sound somewhere between a flatwound and a roundwound." It's a fitting reply to my question of who they are aimed at. They have a definite aggression to them as well and I get a somewhat more modern slap tone then the SIT I was using (I prefer a 70s slap tone to the modern slappers... so I'm happy). I think they will suit me and my style perfectly!