My experience with strings in general and Rotosound strings in particular has been quite an interesting one. I started playing them in the mid-90s as they were fairly affordable here in the UK. Also they were played by many big names. I remember artists as diverse as Iron Maiden or The Edge from U2 speaking highly of them. I can recall noticing The Edge's Rotosound endorsement inside my vinyl copy of the Joshua Tree LP. I was so happy that I was using the same strings as good old David Evans! I remember buying sets of Rotos in boxes of 10 sets. I loved the fact that I could find them easily in any and every music shop in England. They always sounded okay to me. Kind of not as bright as some of their American brands and with a slight hump in the high-mids but I suppose that was part of the British sound. Then I moved to different brands when I moved to the continent. Fenders tended to be quite popular and the nickel strings sounded very good. GHS were good too although much harder to find. Thomastik-Infeld were fantastic sounding but very expensive. I even used gold plated Maxima strings for a while. There were also very expensive and I couldn’t justify the extra cash. They also look too blingy. In the end, I started using D’addarios. They were priced right, easy to find and pretty reliable. Rotosounds were very difficult to find in Europe so I didn’t bother. Also in my mind, Rotosounds were your typical, run-of-the-mill, working class British strings. Good, solid, dependable but not particularly fancy. A few years later I discovered the new series for D’addario: the now fairly popular NYXL. I was hooked! My wallet could tell that these were more expensive but they were brilliant. They stayed in tune better and sounded brighter and nicer. Because they also seem to last a lot longer, I could justify spending the extra money. I use them in my Strat in std tuning. Now I am back in the UK and I'm using a telecaster for playing slide in open G tuning. I use a small slide but I still like having a little bit heavier strings for slide playing. I decided to try a set of Roto Purples (12 to 52 with a wound third). I felt nostalgic to be able to play Rotosounds again after many decades of not using them, at least in one guitar. The reasons for picking them up again are both sentimental and prosaic: they are fairly affordable and to be honest, strings for slide playing don’t need to be so hard wearing or stable. Also the extra harmonics in the NYXL sets were a little bit annoying when paired with the slide, to tell you the truth. Compared to the NYXL the Rotosounds are slightly quieter, more subdued and not quite as bright. Also they feel slightly rougher as well. Yep, just how I remembered them in the mid-90s. However, slide playing is not a fancy affair. I have always associated slide playing with cheap guitars with a lot of attitude. It almost felt wrong using the expensive NYXLs…. It might sound a little bit strange. Anyway, yes, the Rotosounds still sound a little bit, as Mick Taylor would say, rough-and-ready with a duller overall tone and a slight tendency for mid-rangey tones but I am coming to appreciate them again. Also for only 5 of your English pounds per set (give or take a few pennies) they are very affordable although not as easy to find as 20 years ago. Mind you, high Street music shops are becoming a little bit of a rarity as well. What you think? Any experience using the strings? Please share!