Yeah, I think I'm just going to have to keep buying cobalts and replacing them regularly.
Coated strings don't sound "right" to me.
And the Cobalts do wear quickly for me. I play 4-5 hours per day, about 4 days per week, so about two weeks seems to be the window of "good sound" for me.
I don't mind the "rough feel" at all.
I was just hoping there was an option where I could "have my cake and eat it too"