"I think" For the info, a 90 on 27" in E is only the same tension as a 46 E on 25.5. Or a 62 B, etc. I think it's pretty safe for me to use that as a standard recommendation Yes plenty of people are used to playing the 38 E equivalent flop that comes in stock 8 sets but I'm not going to recommend that, especially when the thread starter already identified that those strings are far too loose! I'm not a heavy string whacko and if I was I wouldn't use my tastes as base suggestions to others haha. I get where you're coming from, the number on paper can sounds nuts if you're new to it. I used to tune to drop A with the stock sets 56 gauge etc...Can't understand how looking back. Try balanced tension some time - it makes the instrument feel and sound like a whole 8 again rather than 7+1 weird string.