I've got two smiths, a 6 Gn and a 5 fretless TN. I've recently jumped from the stainless steel side of the fence to nickel, for two reasons: 1. I'm generally going for a darker tone. my slapping and playing with a pick is minimal. I'm mostly playing jazz, r&B, reggae, pop, and hip hop (darker sounding bass tones) 2. I've had problems with my fingers getting torn up by strings, and nickels seem much smoother. So naturally i've been using smith burners with the taper cores, as KS recommends. Things were fine until I started experimenting with strings again on my sadowsky jazz 4, and discovered i really like DR nickel strings (Sunbeams, but i want to try the Lo Rider nickels next) . Now part of me is itching to try DRs on my smith as well, but Smith bridges are cut so that they require tapered B, E, As and Ds. Id have to open up the saddles a bit, but once thats done their no going back. (I dont think DR offers tapers). For the record, I tried Daddario XLs and Smith Burners on my sadowsky too, all med gauge. I think tapered Bs are a good idea, but dont really care about the other strings- this is what my super smart luth has agreed with me on, too. So I was curious if any other smith players have abandoned their tapered saddle pieces in favor of something else. Blasphemous, I know. Perhaps someone has DRs on their smith and can testify, or perhaps someone regrets changing their saddles. Speak up!