So I was hooked a couple of years ago by the stainless steel/nickel sounds. Settled on DR despite their price and longetivity issues. Read the reviews of Dunlop and ordered up a couple of heavy gauge sets online. GC carries them locally and I don't deal with those dogs unless I absolutely have to. Have had them on for about a month and they are still bright and rocking. The best feature is the increase in tension and the G strings 50 size over the DR. DR's are great strings for Rock/Pop and funk on my MM Sterling, but the Dunlops are better, cheaper and don't have the 'buzz' of the lighter guage DR. Made in California in a very similar design to helicore DRs, they have become my standard set for my regular gigging machines.