I just put Ernie Ball Ernesto Palla (ha ha) clear and silver strings on my cheap, $200 Lucero LC200S. The strings had settled quickly, the basses most of all. After a couple of hours, the strings would stay in tune long enough to play for about 20 minutes before you had to tweak the tuning again.
The strings started out to be as clear as water. Good balance between the strings. Basses were a little tight sounding at first, but deep. After about 4 days, there's a certain sweetness and sensitivity in the trebles that wasn't there the first day. Sweet and lyrical. Clear like D'Addario, but with a hint of gold in the color of the tone. The basses have become smoother and a little deeper, and can sound good playing gently, or digging in.
How is it that they changed so much for the better after only a few Days? And how is it that these strings escaped my notice until now? It seems as if nobody is using these strings, really. This is the most dramatic change in character I have experienced with any string after settling. Why is that?