I'm a fan of EBs. Bought some D'addarios recently, and the top E unwound from the ball end on both. I did see that there have been some d'addario knock offs hitting the market, i wondered if i got some of those; they were dreadful. I just stuck some light Pyramid round core nickels on the Am Std, they sound very different... I think I like them, I'll gig them next week to decide.