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Just a short note to alert you to those cute little elephant beads on ebay and other places....

.... don't buy them...unless you want to put it on a hunk of wall-hanger-fire wood.... they don't work all that well. Stick to a swan!

These little buggers tend to buckle and flop over, just from a mere glance.They don't hold very well, as there isn't much bottom surface to make contact well enough to grip the sand paper.

I put one on a few years back because I had very little room between the 1st and 2nd strings. Bad idear.... and learn, as they say.

Let's hope 2016 is less violent and that people discover the soothing influence of ICM. Hari OM!

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Got that right ! ! ! Those eleefinks are too narrow and want to snap flat on their sides even at the slightest breeze or movement. The string hole is too high on these guys. The only thing you could do to help them out is to look at the contact on the bottom - how the foot print looks. There's a good chance there will be a lot of daylight under there. File the underside of the eleefink until there is maximum contact with the tabli. Following that, remove the eleefink and replace it with some kind of bead, duckie or souvenier chachki that has a larger foot print and lower position for the string to go through. A glued on leather shoe for the replacement would be a nice finishing touch.
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