I decided to try Black Beauties, thinking it'd be a nice change, and a great chance to get back into using DRs. Well I slapped some on my P-bass and Stingray. The coating already started coming off after only two days. I found myself tuning these things after only a couple of notes. They never would stay in tune. And now, after only three weeks, they're dead. Really not quite what I was looking for. I found a couple of old Ernie Ball strings I had laying around, slapped them on my P-bass, and I'm happier than poo with the sound. Much brighter, and I don't feel like child. I'll be heading to Guitar Center later today to pick up some DR Hi-Beams.