I was delighted to discover that Thomann sold individual Elixir strings as well as sets. With most sales outlets it is not always the case especially on an island out in the Atlantic, where I am based. I use Elixir string exclusively on my guitars as I can get way more toneful service from them than any other strings I have tried. Weeks rather than days, which for someone gigging five or six nights a week is a big saving on both money and time to restring. My only problem was that after five or six gigs you can lose the first or second strings from breakage which would normally be a sign to change out a set but with Elixir that isn't neccessary as long as you can source individuals. I now buy 10 sets at a time plus 6 first and 6 second strings and I'm covered for months rather than weeks across my guitar collection.