Today (a Saturday, of course!) it turned out I had changed my picker returna one time too many. When I needed new, there were none in the storage.
I have thought about changing them for something more durable for ages, but have always managed to "get by" with temporary solutions until I could get new "originals". This time I replaced them with button-hole elastic... but I have yet to start weaving. This is what the boxes look like now:
This is the picker end of the contraption:
and at the stationary end I just took the end through a buttinhole and fastened with a pin:
But... I can't be the only AVL-owner getting tired of deteriorationg picker springs. Has anybody else found "the final solution"?