Mine are getting nicked at the frets... they're about 4 years old. The problem is that I think Markley doesn't make them anymore. I can't find them on their own website. I come from a classical background and I like the attack up front, like a double bass. I would appreciate it if you would take the time to check out my youtube site (below) to hear what I'm trying to replace, and pile on some suggestions. Thanks.