Been doing a lot of solo tuning playing, and am starting to travel (with a detachable neck). I've fallen in love with the sound of Dominant Solos, but have managed to break 5 in the past year (3x1st strings and 2x2nd strings). While I think I've figured out the cause (winding too close to wall of peg box), they also don't seem to travel well, taking a full 24 hours to settle enough to hold their tuning, and getting very sticky feeling under the left hand during that time (?)- enough to actually rub skin off my fingers when shifting frequently, as one tends to do playing solo rep... I'm curious if anyone has experience with steel core strings that can even get close to the kind of brilliant tone, projection, and response of Dominants. I'm familiar with the orchestral Bel Cantos, Flex Deluxe, and Permanents (fans of all), but haven't tried the solo gauge tuned up. Any thoughts?