I have been using elixers for some time now. I am pretty impressed with the sound and extremly impressed with how long they last. Although Im not totally taken with the sound. I still think they are good. I wish they would offer some different gauges and taper wound D - B strings. Does anybody know of any other string that is comparable to the elixers as far as how long they last? I have heard some good things about the thomasticks but I have never tried them.