When you’re putting in the Dry Play, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on. This my favorite bearing treatment. I’m sure it’s coating the balls and the track they run in. I guess it provides a slicker surface for the balls to run in.
The thin lube, when added, is kind of taking over. This is what’s quieting the bearing down and is acting as an additional lubricant.
Are you harming anything? No. Absolutely not. You are defeating the purpose of using the Dry Play though.
Are you making the best of the performance? Maybe. I think maybe you’re degrading performance a little bit by adding the liquid lube.
I get the whole quiet thing. I’m an audio professional. I thrive on sound, but I also thrive on silence, or even the sound of silence, which is also a sound because there’s no such thing as complete silence.
Also, some yoyos are quieter than others. The shape and design of the yoyo contributes to how the sound may be transferred from the bearing(a vibrating/moving part, hence the motor) through the oddly-enough speaker-shaped halves of the yoyo. Depending on how the shape is, the sound within certain frequency bands may be amplified. Sometimes not. I do have Dry Play treated bearings that are still quiet within the yoyo they have been placed in.
How you play your bearings is up to you. If you want them dead silent, that’s your choice. I do acknowledge that after Dry Play treating, I would say that for the most part, it does make the bearings louder. Do I care? Not really. I like John’s latest statement that these bearings and treatment are for competition, not for playing in libraries. Then again, what do I know? I don’t complain when a yoyo isn’t smooth as glass either, as I don’t mind a tiny touch of vibe.
We do have to understand we have moving parts. They are gonna make some noise.
In the end, it only matters how you like things. If you’re happy with how things are, then why change? If you like liquid lube, then great. If you like Dry Play, then wonderful. If using some combination of both is getting you what you’re after, then hey, fantastic! Remember, with yoyo, it’s all about preferences: Response, yoyo, bearings, string, bearing treatment. As for me, I like straight up Dry Play.