Thanks, looks like I should try to find a pair of Original Standards in 27 or 28. I have NS in 27, they look good but I wish I could wear them higher. They are still pretty tight too but when I pull them up to where I would like to wear them they feel and look great (aside from the ball-crushing going on). I guess the extra inch (?) on the rise of Original Standards would be perfect.
I have them in a 26 and want to replace them for a 27 now. They've started to sag which is putting a strain on the second button as opposed to the waistband and the button flies are looking bad. If I keep them up with a belt, I realise how much my balls are visible now that the denim has softened.