Not long ago I had a chance to try, very briefly, a bass with a laborie endpin. I loved it--it felt so much better on the left hand. So I bought a bent endpin ($20) from George Vance to try out the whole angled pin deal. Wow--it's a big difference. It takes a little getting used to--it threw my intonation off some. But it just feels so much more relaxed--the left hand is taken completely out of the process of holding the bass, and it just balances so much more easily. It feels easier to get some arm weight into the right hand. It just feels more comfortable. For what it's worth I'm pretty tall (6-4) and my bass is large-ish--a 7/8 shen. I've also gradually changed my playing position over the last year from standing more at the side to standing more behind the bass. The bent endpin really works if you tend to stand behind the bass more. If you stand more to the side, and like to hold the bass closer to straight vertical, I don't think the angled pin makes much sense. I really like the bent pin, but it feels like it's a little off--maybe the height, maybe the angle? I'm thinking about ordering an eggpin, which is fully adjustable. Anyone know where to get one besides Lemur, which is out of stock?