I prefer to play with an angled endpin. I am considering putting in a new endblock and drilling it at my prefered angle to fit a conventional endpin assembly. I wonder if anyone here thinks this is a workable idea. Or would it put funny angled forces on the block that will lead to cracks or other troubles. (Of course I will have a competent luthier do the work) Currently on one bass I have a swiss-made thingie (Stahl?) that retracts straight in, but once extended allows you to swing the pin to an angle via a clever mechanical design and fine machining. But it is not ideal. On another bass I have a home-brew S-shaped pin, which works fine, but of course doesn't retract, so I need to pull it out and replace a normal retractable straight pin before transporting the bass. Inconvenient and one more thing to leave behind at gig sites. On my favourite bass I am considering opening the top for other work, so I am considering putting in a new endblock, and then drilling it at my angle to accept a normal pin assembly which will retract normally (but at an angle of course). I am told that Rufus Reed has done something like this. My worry is that the weight of the bass bearing down through the angled pin assembly will drive the upper end of the pin assembly down through the block and the lower end up through the block and lead to cracking or other nightmares. another thought I had was to machine a tapered metal sleeve to fit snugly between the endpin taper and the angled hole in the block, to carry the endpin assembly. I would weld this sleeve at the appropriate angle to a flat flange plate which would be set flush into a routed out depression in the bottom of the endblock, in order to distribute the forces of the angled pin more widely across the endblock (hope this description is clear). The flange would be sandwiched in the glue joint between the block and the bottom of the lower bout. I know the thought of "iron-work" (as Traeger puts it) will offend some, but my instinct says it wouldn't hurt the sound if shaped and mounted this way and fit very carefully. I would probably do a second smaller hole and pin forward of the angled endpin, to anchor the tailpiece wires. anyway, am I crazy ? talk me out of this, someone.