I remember buying a set of thomastics a few years ago and took them off almost immediately because I didn't like the tone. However, because I live in Nigeria where you simply can't find bass strings anywhere, I ended up putting them back on as they are now the only newish strings I have left. I am trying to find something that I like about them but the tone is very hard for me to get in too. I can't even use the bridge pickup any more as the tone is horribly shrill through it even with the tone backed almost right off. Anyhow, I was wondering how long it takes for them to bed in and start to sound better as I am really not enjoying them at all right now. Also what are the benefits? I notice a lot less fret noise and I guess they will last for a long time but what is the point if you are not digging the tone?