What the heck is The Chromatic Endpin?
The story of The Chromatic Endpin starts with a question:
What if playing double bass could be easier and more comfortable?
Much has been said about the double bass but the words "easy" and "comfortable" don't come up much.
It's big, the strings are thick, and it doesn't balance well.
It has to be big with thick strings to be a bass...
...but there's no rule that says it has to balance poorly.
Imagine if the bass didn't tip backwards, away from your hands and the bow. You would have:
- more energy to practice
- less risk of performance injury
- more focus on playing the bass, not holding it in place
- less awkward technical problems
- more consistent intonation
- improved arco sound
And these are just a few of the benefits.
That's why we made The Chromatic Endpin.
It will open up new possibilities in your double bass playing that you didn't know you had.
How is this possible?
The Chromatic Endpin allows a bass player to adjust the way the bass balances.
Instead of falling backward and fighting your left hand, the bass stays right where you want it and moves with your body.
It can even be set up to make the bass lean into your hands. Instead of having to push the bow into the string, the bass comes to the bow and pushes into it!
Unlike other angled or "bent" endpins, The Chromatic Endpin is:
Transferrable between basses
Requires no drilling or modification to the bass
User friendly. No trip to the luthier required!
In full disclosure, none of this is a new idea. Francois Rabbath and his students have been using these kind of endpins for a long time and we aren't the first to make an adjustable version.
Nobody has made an easy to use, adjustable endpin at a reasonable price, that isn't huge, heavy, and clunky, or doesn't have lots of moving parts and screws to come loose.
We made sure our endpin was made to be sleek, attractive, and made from the best materials we could get our hands on.
Also, unlike a lot of other options, it is easy to travel with. If you have a drilled Laborie endpin on your bass and have to play on a rental bass for a week, you're out of luck.
Not if you have a Chromatic Endpin.
Design and Testing
Bassist Emilio Guarino developed the endpin with a physicist and kept the design as minimal as possible. One screw and two locking nuts—that's it.
Lots of people ask if it going to snap or break. We tested this worry two ways:
1. Emilio has been playing on a prototype for nearly two years. Every gig, every rehearsal, every practice session. So far, so good.
2. We broke some on purpose to see what they could take. Assuming your bass weighs around 30lbs, the endpin can support 4.5 times that.
Additionally, we designed it so that the endpin can't move more than 90°. There's no reason to ever play with a steeper angle than that and in the (very) unlikely event that the gears slip, the endpin will run into itself so your bass doesn't hit the floor.
After all that plus our 30 day return policy, there's no excuse not to at least give it a try.
The worst case scenario is that you decide it isn't for you and you return it—but we think you'll be hooked once you feel how comfortable your bass is to play when balanced properly on The Chromatic Endpin.