Ok, theyve changed the wrap from the nice blue silk to white silk. But they arre also not as bright as they used to be right out of the package. New set I just put on is barely brighter then my broken in DR neons, so about the same brightness as those are new out of the box. When did dean markley change the tonal content of the strings and do they still have longer life then most other strings? Last I used blue steels regular was about 8 to 10 plus yrs ago, they where very very bright at first then mellowed to nice balance after breakin. Theyre still brighter then rotosound swing 66 but not nearly as much as they used to be when brand new. This new package is barely brighter then dr neons broken in so theyve diff altered the formula or something. I like the new version better actually. The solid crack of thunder lows are still present and tona balance is better then they used to be brand new imo. And am just wondering aprox when they changed them? Thanks.