I use vintage tuners myself, and find the tuning is more stable with fewer winds ... I know someone like Bill Hullett disagrees with me - but what does he know. It's impossible to make the D'Addario thin E sit in the tuner with only 2 winds though - that's why I prefer EBs. I'm sure there's not much difference in tone or playability. After I'd started using 9-46, I discovered that my favorite Tele player, Roy Buchanan, used a similar set. Maybe Ernie's grandson will treat you to one of his sets ... ?