Posted by Pete G on June 16, 2001 at 09:22:25:
In Reply to: Re: End pin vibration posted by Andy Seed on June 15, 2001 at 15:06:12:
All this stuff about endpins and "purists" is hoo-haw. In olden days, there would have been a wooden pin that was cut to suit the height of the player. That's all that our friend proposed above. So this IS a purist solution.
: : : : Hi, I've just bought my first upright and have noticed that I am getting vibration noise from inside the Bass due to the end pin bar. The bar goes about a quarter of the way inside the Bass and I am wondering if it is too long? Is there a way around this?
: : : Yep there's a way round it but it sounds drastic - don't worry it's not !
: : : If you always have your bass at the same playing height first set your bass to your desired height.Next mark round the endpin next to the ferrule ( the part that the endpin goes through ) with a marker pen .
: : : Now pull th endpin out about three inches and mark it again there ( this is your cutting mark ) then simply cut it off !
: : : The remainder of the endpin will still be inside your bass but if you turn it upside down you can get it out through the f-hole. You'll have to trim the ede of the part you are going to use so that it will fit easily through the ferrule (just file the edges of the top of the pin) and when you put it back in , when it's at your playing height , you'll have nothing inside the bass to vibrate -- job done !!!
: : : It does not adversely affect your bass IN ANY WAY -- in fact it enhances the sound as you no longer have a couple of feet of otherwise useless metal rod vibrating away every time you play !
: : : By the way - in case you didn't know - endpins are made that long to accomodate classical players who always have the endpin far further out than jazz,blues,bluegrass,rockabilly
: It probably could be considered sacrilege if you cut the endpin of a vintage bass but that probably hasn't got the original endpin anyway !
: What you must do is think in terms of practicality - do you want to please this "purist" or do you want a bass that's playable ?
: I know which route I'd choose - the latter , basses are of no use just standing in the corner because of two feet of uneccessary vibrating steel making them sound bad.As I said you can also replace the endpin rod at a later date anyway.
: All the best,
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