Just recieved some of the SOB vintage nickel strings, and I gotta say the hype, IMHO, is all true!!! What a great set of strings! They feel absolutely great, have a really nice snappy sound to them, and just seem to have a real nice balanced tone all the way through. Tuning them seemed easier, as the tone just seemed truer. (Is that a real word, Truer? ) Anyway, I know this subject has been beaten to death, but they really are a quality product, and if they last as long as they should, are really a good investment. Dean really has got it right. I also recieved them promtly, using the buy it now on his website. KUDO's to snake oil strings.