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Sometimes there’s a string coming out of the center of the deze. Is this for carrying it to not put pressure on the lip?

The string can be used to carry a deze, mostly by sellers who need to carry several at once. Musicians may use that to hang the deze on a wall out of reach of small children.

It is important to never carry a calabash/gourd deze by the lip, as that is the most fragile part and easily broken. A few people put bamboo (or another material) around the lip of the deze to strengthen it, but that does reduce the resonance somewhat, in my experience. A fiberglass deze can be carried by the lip if it is empty or has little weight inside.

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