When I tried my Squier VM 70's on the store, before buying it, it felt amazing. Nothing like the cheapo I had at home back then. While finalizing the purchase the fella that was helping me said "So, let's change the strings?" and being my first good bass I said "no, leave them, I want to try it like that for a while". Time passed and it was only after almost 1 year that I went back to change the strings.
Listen, I know that after all this time the strings get old and would have never play the same way when I bought it, but the with the new strings...... Whoa!! it's like a new instrument! Seriously! I got "bright" D'addario roundwounds and it's amazing how the strings can change how the bass feels and sounds. Which leads me back to an old issue: brands should put good strings on their basses so that in the store the user can get the full experience from the bass. Can't wait to go home explore it a bit more!
I guess experienced players don't get these feelings anymore, but I thought I'd share this moment with you guys