I've tried Tusq, I found the overall tone to be brighter... but a bit much too bright for my liking. I have a really nice set of bone pins that just seemed to dampen things. I switch them in from time to time but get the same results each time. To this day the stock plastic pins just plain work great, the guitar sounds great with them. Balanced, open, responsive and chimey with great sustain.
Go figure plastic for the win.
All in all, whatever works for you works for YOU. glad your happy with the switch, play on brotha. :)