Endpin Manufacturers and Distributors

(in alphabetical order):

Alberti Designs offers an interesting tubular endpin with a tip that can rotated between a sharp carbide point and a rubber tip. It’s a great idea, and is attractively designed. Unfortunately, when I tried this endpin it made the bass register of my cello sound a bit hollow. The same thing happened when one of my students had one installed on her cello. Perhaps Alberti will offer a solid carbon fiber or thicker-walled tubing version in the future that might offer a more solid bass tone? Still, it’s a nice concept that probably works very well on some cellos! ($160) https://violintools.com/product/alberti-cello-endpins/

Ben Bastin is a boutique maker of endpins for double bass, offering a variety of wood types. Please contact the maker for prices. http://benbastin.co.uk/wooden-endpins/

Klaus Bender Endpin:  list price $153 EUR for cello, $210 EUR for double bass. Lightweight pultruded carbon tube. Threaded mount screws into bass block.  Clamped with fluted collet nut.  Carbon tube offers “rich, warm, sound with beautiful overtones” according to manufacturer. Threaded Aluminum mount with dial clamp. 10 mm only.  Bass endpins are a solid titanium rod. http://www.bender-endpin.com/

PLAYER’S NOTES:  The Bender mount is an alternative style that screws into an instrument’s end block hole.  To fasten the endpin rod in place, a “dial” handle just below the mount tightens a collet nut like a wedge around the pin.  In my experience, the round pultruded hollow endpin is one of the better sounding endpins on the market. It is, indeed, warm sounding with pleasant overtones.  That said, when I played on one in a new cello a couple of years ago, I had some pretty annoying problems with the collet nut slipping.  Eventually, I put a little rosin on the rod, and it held better.  This pin certainly threw my luthier for a loop when he tried to remove it, not knowing it was screwed into place!  The concept of an unusually tight-fitting mount sounding better is interesting but also suspect to me.  I haven’t found that a tightly clamped mount helps (or hurts) the sound compared to a traditional plug insertion, which is pretty tight when tension is on the instrument and it is resting on the floor.

Bois d’Harmonie offers a carbon fiber endpin model in addition to beautiful carved wood historic-looking endpins with a shorter steel extendable section for height adjustments.  If you like the sound of wooden endpins, which I do, you’ll enjoy these.  Inquire at their website for current pricing. http://www.boisdharmonie.net/

Cellos 2 Go wins the prize for stocking the most expensive cello endpins: Japanese Bell Alloy 8 mm ($400 without mount). Cube Acoustics 8 mm. ($400 without mount, 10 mm diameter $425). Memminger hollow titanium endpin with tuning holes 10 mm ($195 without mount). https://cellos2go.com/

Players Notes: The Memminger hollow titanium endpin is an interesting concept!  Resonance within a pin certainly affects its sound (just try different length endpins of the same material, or altering the resonating frequency of a pin by attaching small weights at different positions.). The Memminger takes this concept to the max by creating a resonant hollow body with sound holes.  I haven’t tried this pin yet, but look forward to doing so.

Well-known luthier Christopher Dungey has created the “ChrisP’in”, his own model of endpin made with a “one-size-fits-all” cone mount which is cut to size.  Inquire for price and models. https://www.dungeycello.com/

Traditional line of “Gewa” medium-priced endpins that have been around for decades.  Two interesting screw on tips in their line:  Wolf floor protector (a rubber ball) and the  “Gewa cello endpin tip,” a steel screw on tip with a carbide insert set in at an angle.  Some cellists like these tips, but they don’t fit all endpins, so care should be taken when ordering. https://gb.gewamusic.com/

Glasser NY: Don’t count out these scrappy New Yorkers!  If you can get around using an endpin made by the same brand that made the fiberglass bows you used in elementary school orchestra, Glassers are good quality, inexpensive, carbon fiber endpins with a well-designed mount and steel tip.  I’m not familiar with the bass model, and assume it holds the weight of the bass well without slipping, but bassists should check that out before ordering. https://glasserbows.com/

Krentz String Works cello endpins:  MSRP $375 silicon nitride rod with a brass end and carbide tip.   This elegant, but expensive, endpin was originally made with two thumbscrews – one for tone (effectively suspending the pin in rubber or composite material, if I understand correctly) and another to set the position.  Krentz no longer makes the “tone adjusting” version, and only offers the standard.  The claim to fame is the silicon nitride ceramic material for the rod — check out notes on this and other ceramics on our “endpin materials” page. https://krentzstringworks.com/

Manson Superspikes: Nicely designed and manufactured endpins with a clever touch of adding a spare screw-on tungsten carbide tip on the side of the endpin inserted into the instrument. (A must for anyone who chips a carbide tip, because they can’t be sharpened by hand!). Player’s notes: Does a rubber tip protector come with these? (none is shown on the website) Also, check out notes on carbide tips on the “endpin materials” page. http://www.superspikes.co.uk/index.html

New Harmony Endpins for cello and bass are about as close an “industry standard” as exist in the United States. They’re a very well-built solid design, readily available, in a medium price range. (MSRP approximately $125 to $150 depending on the model.)  Most models are carbon fiber with stainless steel tips, but New Harmony also provides some alternative materials by special order.  I find the 8 mm versions too flexible, and the woven 10 mm versions also a little too spongy to recommend to my students, but each has their devotees.  The solid carbon fiber pins for both cello and bass are New Harmony’s most popular models, but they also offer some alternative materials by request. I’m a fan of the washer nut mechanism, which is now used in many brands of high quality endpins, and designed my Saddle Rider Tone Adjuster to tighten in the same way. https://www.newharmonymusic.com/

Saddle Rider Music endpin mounts offer a unique, patented extension that “rides” on the saddle of a cello or bass, allowing tone adjustments by varying the downward force of strings on the bridge. The mounts can also be used in a traditional manner without the tone adjuster installed. For traditional endpin users, Saddle Rider sells mounts with a “one size fits all” cone, allowing a good fit without reaming, as well as a line of standard-sized endpin tips designed to fit stock rod sizes. For players and businesses with their own design needs, Saddle Rider Music LLC provides affordable custom CAD designed proto-typing and mass-production using CNC, 3D printing, and casting techniques. https://SaddleRiderMusic.com

Search “cello endpin” and check out the gorgeous Silver Echo Studio endpins on Esty.com They’re made of jewelry grade titanium, brass, and carbon fiber with carbide tips with alternative tip shapes.  It is unclear if a rubber tip cover is included for these endpins — based on the non-standard design, probably not.  Made in Canada, these tie the carved wood Bois d’Harmonie endpins for first place in the beauty contest.  They also come close to winning the “most expensive” prize at $300 for a pin with no mount!  I haven’t tried one, but based on my experiments with endpins, these designs look like they should sound very good! Two concerns: Do they extend out too far from an endpin mount for a large cello to fit in its case? Can they be sharpened without ruining the cosmetic appearance? (Answer to the latter question is almost certainly “no.”) The tip is carbide, but could still chip and can’t be replaced. Something to think about when buying a $300 endpin! https://esty.com

“Sound Spike” endpins are designed by Aaron White, a bass player in the Pittsburg Symphony. MSRP for the endpins are $125-150.  They come in standard sizes from 8 mm to .5 inch, depending on the model, and have a screw-on non-slip rubber ball tip.  The bass models are indexed so they never slip in a mount. Aaron has selected steel types that he particularly likes sonically, and offers high-quality pins with carbide tips.  He is a first-rate professional bassist, and these pins come highly recommended by players! https://soundspikeendpins.com/

Stallhammer endpins for cello:  Carbon fiber or steel telescopic endpins that have angled “Rostropovich style” settings, and can also be used like a traditional straight endpin.  I owned one of these pins long ago before the alternative materials were offered.  It had its attributes, but I was chronically having problems with parts coming unscrewed and rattling.  Hopefully, these problems have been fixed by now? ($250-340 depending on options). https://www.semmystahlhammer.se/

Ulsa endpins offers traditional straight and classic bent style, like Tortellier and Rostropovich used to use.  Along with Weidler, below, Ulsa is another classic European brand that has been around for decades. ($65-300) https://www.ulsamusic.com/

Weidler is another traditional German brand offering hollow steel, well-engineered, medium-priced endpins with a rubber ball tip.

Distributors offering generic as well as name-brand endpins

Howard Core https://www.howardcore.com/

International Violin https://www.internationalviolin.com/

Johnson Strings http://JohnsonString.com

Metropolitan Music Co. http://metmusic.com

Quantum Bass Center http://QuantumBassCenter.com

Shar https://www.sharmusic.com/

Southwest Strings https://www.swstrings.com

Upton Bass (bass endpins only) https://uptonbass.com/