I tried the Pyramid nickel, probably the finest nickels out there, but I feel they're better suited to studio work. The Mangans are good, in fact, I prefer their nickel alloy better. Newtone are supposed to be some of the best if you can afford em. I've been a real believer in Dean Markley Vintage Reissue(round wound-round core). However the consistency seems to have suffered, so now I'm gonna re-try DR.