I have only been playing for 7 years, when I started I took the recommendation of an online tutor, Justin Sandercoe, for using DR strings. The strings are smooth pliable and easy to bend, seem to need little stretching to settle down to stable tuning for playing. In the 7 years I have used them I have only broken 2 strings, both when fitting and stretching, I change strings on average every 2 months. 3 guitars owned all using DR strings. Used to be easy to get DR strings in the UK but now DR have a new UK agent and getting them from Thomann is easier.