I just bought a set of Newtone Django strings, not realising they were ball-end and my guitar (Gallato RS1939 Angelo Debarre oval model) only takes loop-end strings.
I managed to remove the ball from the top E and B strings, and unwind the ends a bit to make the loop wide enough to fit on the bridge pegs. However the wound G-string was much harder because of the protective thread, and while trying to remove this the ball end snapped off.
So I'm wondering if anyone's got any more clever method for using ball-end strings on loop-end only guitars? It would be such a shame not to be able to try out those Newtone strings, nor to be able to experiment with other brands of strings which mostly only come in ball-end variety.