Okay, NOW suddenly I remember why I dislike Rose trems on working guitars -- MAINTENANCE.
The string-changing is enough of a hassle. As I've said elsewhere, I've actually replaced a busted string on my lead guitarist's hardtail while he was playing... & the Rose is kinda the opposite of that (though still easier than digging the ball end out of some Fender trem blocks).
On my JB80, the D string was pulling free from its little black lock-block. I tightened it, but the string kept slipping. But checking the other strings, ALL were looser, yet THOSE strings weren't slipping.
After trimming the D & re-locking it, the thing STILL slipped a couple times, & seems to be holding... for the moment. Not something I'd trust to tak onstage!!
So, now I've gotta figure whether to just replace 'em ($8.99/dozen) or upgrade to titanium ($30/6).
If I wasn't changing strings very often, I'd think that a softer metal -- stainless steel or even brass -- would be MUCH better, at least on the three wound strings, because the metal would deform around the winds & get a better grip. Sure, they'd eventually need replacing, but ain't that what I'm already doing...?
Well, at least this axe has had the Rose properly adjusted, with the baseplate almost parallel to the top, & two of the strings are the teensiest bit sharp atthe 12th fret but most players would never notice.
(That'd be Complaint #2 about FRs: there ain't no such thing as "a quick intonation touch-up." Even the least minor tweak is a major operation. Not that it NEEDS to be done often, but now I kinda dread seeing a Rose-laden guitar the first time, knowing the work ahead.)