After years of swearing by stainless steel strings (especially some of the overpriced "gourmet" brands) I just tried D'Addario XL for the first time in 10 years of bass playing. Bright, long lasting so far, and feels great. I can tell they are much easier on the frets, too! What surprised me is how much cheaper these strings are compared to the Dean Markley Blue Steels that I have used for so long. I guess I was brainwashed into believing stainless steel was better (I used to use Rotosound Swing Bass 66 also). Has anybody else swithched from stainless steel to nickelplated strings and felt the same way?