There has been alot of DR hype and there has also been alot of DR dislike. For Me i never really liked the DR Hi- Beams. They DO feel rough on the hands if your not used to these types of strings. They are VERY bright espically if your playing with a pick near the bridge position ( although i heard they sound bright finger style too ) They do ( for me ) have alot of unwanted noise and not enough real sounds from the bass and alot of your tone you worked so hard to dial in ( in some cases lol ) is greatly or some what reduced. So i took them off my Modified American Jazz Bass and took the chance with DR one more time and went with The Lo- Riders. I switch on and off between Daddarios and DR's but i needed a new sound to experiment with. So after paying $27.00 total for the Lo-Riders i came home and put them on the bass, tuned it up, dialed in on my Graphic Equalizer flat, and already felt a difference in playing and in sound overall.. Great midrange and still are bright.. but a more comfortable level of brightness other than the Hi-Beams. After tweaking the EQ i began to see what else these strings had to over and started playing with a pick.. Everything was greater than the Hi_Beams... I do alot of mellow playing high up on the neck and with the right tweaking of the amp they once again sounded great.. So in conclusion to settle all this DR bashing... If you have a set of Hi- Beams and are not satisified with them TRY OUT the Lo-Riders before you buy.. ask a sales rep. if any basses in the store have them strung or ask to string them for you. I saw a change and hope you do to. Try em out.. Anyone else have a similar experience with DR?