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Posted by Ian (188.8.131.52) on March 12, 2002 at 13:16:31:
In Reply to: Re: chairs/low stools vs standing/high stools posted by Preston on March 12, 2002 at 10:18:47:
: : Hello, all--
: : I'm 5'4" and left-handed. I've experimented with every height stool available and have finally settled on a 21" counter stool. My right foot is firmly planted on the ground, and my right arm feels so powerful! Who knew my E string could be so loud?
: : However, the bass slips away too easily. Is anyone on this forum using a bent end-pin? Are those available for basses or is it custom work?
: : I saw a bio of an Italian player who just passed away, in Bass World Mag, perhaps. He appeared to be sitting in a chair, so I know it can be done.
: : Any advice appreciated. Please email me or post to this forum (I read it every week.) Thanks!
: : --Aabra Jaggard
: : firstname.lastname@example.org
: I also use a chair most of the time,and it is also 21". I play an old German flatback and play it cello style so it makes it easy to
: play in thumb position and close to the bridge. What I found is that the best thing is the old strip of wood with two drilled holes.
: One for the chair legg and the other for the endpin. Its crude,but accurate and perfect setting every time. I even painted it the same
: color as my instrument and rounded the ends. Looks great. And only cost me one dollar at the hardware. After trying donuts,belts,adjustable
: devices, and spending a lot of money trying to solve this problem, I found that what I used in high school is still the best solution.
: Hope this helps.
I use the "Xeros endpin anchor for bass" which I bought from sharmusic.com with a standard wood or metal stool. It just a strap that has a ring (for the chair leg) and a kind of "V" shape metal plate that blocks the endpin. It is not expensive (about 10$) and is adjustable. I like it. Other friends use the Laborie endpin, cutted short for sitting position and another Laborie endpin to play in stand up position. What is great about using the Laborie Endpin is that the rubber ball never slip and the bass is more inclined, which is better for the weight of the arm. Some people like to use a guitarist foot rest for the left foot when using an elevated stool.
Hope you'll find what fits to you!
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