Kaplan Amo viola A string - is the ball end removable?
I recently ordered a set of Kaplan Amo viola strings, which I have never tried before. I haven't received them yet, but I realized soon after I placed the order that I hadn't chosen a loop end A. I then learned that there is no choice - in fact, D'Addario does not appear to manufacture any loop end strings at all. I then figured that it must be because the ball ends are removable - but the Shar representative I chatted with informed me that they are not.
Can anyone confirm that this is true - i.e., that the Kaplan Amo A string ball end is not removable?
It seems crazy that D'Addario would limit its market in this way. And the price for the set seems like less of a deal now that I have to purchase a separate A string. Yes, I should have done my homework before buying, but I think it's a strange business decision by D'Addario that anyone who needs a loop end A has to purchase 5 strings to be able to use Kaplan Amo (they are only sold as a set, as far as I can tell).
It's not crazy. The ball from that string is indeed removable.
@Andrew - thank you for clarifying this.
I'll bet Shar would remove the balls for you if you asked.
@Paul, Shar's response to my inquiry was that the ball is not removable and I should get a different set of strings. I'm also not sure that they would be likely to send out strings in anything other than new, unopened condition - it's one of the reasons I tend to trust them for strings.
Odd - I've removed the ball before. Maybe Shar suggests against it, etc., but I've done it.
Update: the strings arrived yesterday. I removed the ball from the A string and installed them. So far so good. Shar may not be able to recommend this officially, but the string has yet to snap, with lots of initial installation tuning.