My experience was like A Soviet Locust’s. Went responsive, then came back to life after a good cleaning and have been fine since.
Sounds like an eerily common theme. I’m not sure that can be sorted out, or if it’s just the nature of the beast for Steel/Ceramic bearings.
In any event, I find all dry bearings too loud. And for optimum performance, Terrapin X bearings are meant to be played dry. But a dry bearing in a can somewhere or a lubed bearing in my yoyo is an easy choice, so I went ahead and put some lube in mine. It’s playing just fine! Frank Difeo advocates oil even for ceramic bearings, so I’m in good company at least.
At the end of the day, if you have any interest in bearings at all, I think it’s worth trying them out to see if they work for you. I don’t have ANY bearings that I hate, and I’ve tried’em all. If you held me at gunpoint and made me choose one bearing for life, it’d probably be the Gen-Yo AIGR. Simple old steel 8-ball flat bearing. If you let me choose a second, it might be a Center Trac.