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Bent end pin - Sit or stand?

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by MDrost1, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. MDrost1

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    Folks,

    Does anyone sit with a bent end pin? I just made one and was wondering what the benefits would be if I choose to sit and use it vs. standing. Any advice is appreciated! I am new to the idea, and would love some input.
  2. Adam Attard

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    I do both (sit/stand). It's really comfortable to me either way- the angle it sits the instrument at makes getting at most things a lot easier. The only other thing to consider is that you'll need two pins if you'd like to do both.
  3. MikeCanada

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    I haven't tried one sitting, but it seems like it would be a really great idea. If you plan on sitting behind the instrument (like a cello) instead of beside it (basically standing, but with a stool) it grounds a lot more of the weight of the instrument. It also makes the bass slipping less of an issue as the endpin is more upright, instead of on an angle. I have a really good spike on mine so I don't usually have that problem, but some venues really don't like spikes in their floors.
  4. mcnaire2004

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    I have a rock stop with a hole in it for those venues.

    I sit with a bent end pin and one of the motivators was the angle and slippage. Puts the bass in a decent enough angle for the bow though.
  5. PaulCannon

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    That's not very nice...
  6. Adam Attard

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  7. mattgray

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    One benefit I've heard of sitting with a bent pin is that less of the bass's actual weight is on you/your left thigh, so it will feel 'lighter' than playing with a straight pin due to the changing of the center of gravity. I can't personally attest to this (since my bass still isn't drilled) but I know many who swear by it.
  8. tappingtrance

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    The bent endpin while sitting also changes the angle of the top - taken to extreme for example the top moves towards being flat relative (parallel) to the floor.

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