I changed all my strings, and the loop ends made it easy. However, the 16 gage strings are useless. They're simply too thin. Not enough tension to achieve a loud tone, in fact they rattled. I took them off, as well as the 18s. I replaced them with 20s and now it sounds great.
Purchased a used ten year old Folkcraft kantele with its original strings. Although the instrument held its tuning, a bit mellow in its sound. Acquired a replacement set to "brighten" the sound once again, bringing it closer to the clearer sound it had coming off the bench. Instrument revitalized.
Product arrived very quickly and was just as ordered.