Re: Are there any guitar players lurking about?
D'addario EXL125 strings for me (for many years). I have never heard of the boiling thing... and I probably would not have the patience to do that! I make it a habit to change strings every other weekend (unless I break a string before that). The speed winder/unwinder thing is a Godsend. I use three diff. guitars when playing (3 diff. tunings), so I have to do 18 strings each time. Only one of those guitars has a locking tremolo, so life is not that difficult when changing strings. Like anything else in life... the more you do it, the faster you get. And of course the pain of changing is worth it when the fresh-sound and long-gain comes forth. I used to break at least one string every gig back in the days of playing out. Hard downpicking and a very thick pick was the problem. But the style of music required it. My rest-breaks between sets usually incl. changing strings on one of the axes. If one breaks on a guitar , I have to change them all... to keep them all on the same "level" (perhaps a mental thing).
Pick preferences for you all? I prefer the Jim Dunlop Nylon 1mm picks.
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.