No, they are not cheap but yes, they are the best! Our Blued Steel Springs are by far the highest quality blued steel springs available. Starting with that, we plated our springs with a base of nickel and then in gold.Our gold plated springs offer the superior feel of a high quality blued steel spring, while using a rust free material that will last for years. Musicians with acidic body oils or living in coastal areas will benefit from the non-corrosive properties of gold and nickle. Technicians can offer a beautiful, maintenance free spring as an upgrade to any instrument. These gold plated springs are the same size and diameter as our blued steel springs and have a machined point.