Hey Guys, My endpin has always been pretty difficult to pull out of my bass, but yesterday it was ridiculous. I hadn't played in about a month, and it was sitting in my closet the entire time. I pulled it out, and the thing wouldn't budge at all. I worked on pulling it out for about an hour and I finally got it, although I ripped off the rubber tip and scratched the ring near the tip as I was gripping this a pair of pliers. Twice the whole endpin housing started to pop out of the bottom of the bass! I used a rubber mallet to knock it back into place, but that made me pretty nervous. Could I just replace the rod with a thinner version? I'd say the current one is about 3/8 " in diameter. If so, where can I get one? Maybe I can sand the inside cork somehow to loosen the grip it has on pin? What recommendations do you have, other than going to a luthier, as I'd like to fix it myself if it's not too complicated. Thanks!!!!!!!