I know these strings take time to mellow, but how long? I know it must depend on how much one plays. Point being I really love the tone, they are just starting to get a little thump. But my hands are sure feeling it. The tips of my pinky and ring finger on my fretting hand hurt after a while from having to push a little harder to intonate the notes. Also my playing hand seems to ache a little as well. I have been thinking about the vasaline trick, but I don't think it will break in the strings, just take the zing out a little. Anyway I'm toughing it out and hoping these babies break in soon, the tone is there but my hands are paying the price. Do these string soften up after a while?