We build carbon Endpins for Cello and Double Bass since about 25 years. The experience gained in the processing of carbon, the continuous contact with musicians and the analysis of their needs have enabled us to develop a completely handmade in Italy endpin with excellent quality characteristics and the care and continuous evolution of every single part of it.
For Cello and Double Bass
For making the cones we use nylon filled with molybdenum disulfide that presents excellent qualities of resistance and acoustic response.
We produce four types of cone, according to the needs and applications.
Three have different diameters, while respecting the conicity of the most widespread reamers for endpins: 25 mm diameter, typically used on new Cellos, the 27.5 mm diameter, more suitable for the restoration and for those cases in which the previous one is too small, and 30 mm, proper for Double Basses.
The fourth type of cone, with a diameter of 27.5 mm, has the hole through which the rod passes axially offset with respect to the instrument with an inclination of about 7 °. This cone meets the needs of those musicians who use the Cello very tilted. In this case, the rod must be shortened by between 5 and 10 cm to avoid going to touch the inside of the instrument.
Three kinds of rod are available, all with a diameter of 10 mm and length of 550 mm. The unidirectional carbon rod is the most widespread and powerful, with a full and definite response, exceptional stability and the respect of all the harmonics of the instrument.
The empty tube increases the volume of the instrument, while loses some overtones, and is lighter and more flexible.
Titanium has the same features but definitely amplified of steel and produces a superb sound projection. It has a weight three times higher than the one of the full carbon rod. By laboratory tests it is very suited to the old instruments.
The tips that rest on the ground normally wear out. The practice has always been that of sharpening them. This solution however has the disadvantage of damaging the external heat-treated steel sheet and carrying surface in the part not treated and thus more tender. Therefore, after sharpening the tips are less resistant and more subject to usury.
For this reason we have developed a tip model that allows you to directly replace it without the need of sharpening or replacing the rod.
In addition, to reach out to those musicians who use the instrument not vertically but with pronounced inclination, we have created a second type of already angled pin that allows you to have a perpendicular to the floor support thus giving greater stability to the instrument.
The tips are made from a special tungsten steel which provides access to a hardness of 64 Rockwell for traction in any ground and longer life of sharpening.