It turns out I have a severe allergy to nickel. It could have saved me a lot of pain (and swelling) if I'd known that about 15 years ago. Oh well I much prefer the tone of my old nickels, especially after they've been worn in after two or three weeks. Since switching to stainless (recently using DR hi-beams), my hands feel awesome, but those extra harmonics from the new string twang, for lack of a better term, seems nigh permanent. They just never feel like they break in. I guess my question is, before I spend hundreds of dollars testing everything there is on the market, I'm curious which stainless strings others may have tried that sounded closest to their beloved nickels.