Endpin tip for Ampeg Baby Bass

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by 65AmpegBB4, Apr 26, 2019.


  1. 65AmpegBB4

    65AmpegBB4

    Apr 26, 2019
    Florida
    Hi folks!

    I'm new to TB and this is officially my first post.

    After ~16 years of not playing and close to two decades of looking for the right example, I just became the proud owner of a '65 Ampeg BB4. The instrument is in phenomenal shape, but obviously it's not without some wear tear, given its age. I would like to replace the endpin's tip - the pin functions/holds perfectly but the tip itself seems to have been fixed in place with tape to prevent it from falling off. Any recommendations as to where I can get a replacement tip and/or new endpin + tip for my bass?

    I also need a new set of strings. After reading through some treads on this forum, it appears that the Spiro Solo's are a popular choice for the Ampeg BB4. I am considering, however, a set of La Bella nylon strings; based on reviews, they are a good choice for pizz/latin music. Does anyone have any experience with La Bella nylon strings and are they worth the consideration? I'm also open to any other suggestions that would yield mild-to-low string tension and full-bodied sound.

    Lastly, I'm looking for a stand for the bass, as I'd rather keep it on display than stored away in its bag. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance, and I look forward to learning much, as well as hopefully contributing to this community!
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
  2. mdcbass

    mdcbass Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Seacoast of NH
    Are you looking for a rubber cover for the metal point on the endpin? Visit a drug store and look at crutch/cane tips. They come in different sizes so measure the diameter or bring the old one with you. The better ones have a metal washer inside to prevent the metal from poking through.
     
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  3. 65AmpegBB4

    65AmpegBB4

    Apr 26, 2019
    Florida
    Yes, that’s exactly what I need, and that is one brilliant idea! Thank you.
     
  4. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    You can also add the washer yourself; there's no magic to it.
     
  5. 65AmpegBB4

    65AmpegBB4

    Apr 26, 2019
    Florida
    Brilliant ... fits like a glove and looks original! Thanks again for the recommendation, and this one came with a washer in it already.
     

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  6. mdcbass

    mdcbass Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Seacoast of NH
    Glad to be able to help. Post a picture of the bass.
     
  7. 65AmpegBB4

    65AmpegBB4

    Apr 26, 2019
    Florida
    How could I forget?! Here’s Black Mamba...
     

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  8. mdcbass

    mdcbass Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Seacoast of NH
    After a somewhat lengthy introduction, I think he's playing a Mambo.
     
  9. 65AmpegBB4

    65AmpegBB4

    Apr 26, 2019
    Florida
    Haha yes, he’s playing a “son” (another name for what we know as “salsa”); some NYers call it mambo, however the traditional mambo genre differs from what we are listening to on this video. I like that he plays left-handed ... I’ve always enjoyed the distinctive mirror-image look of a leftie while playing.

    The Black Mamba name serves as a play on words, is fitting because of the color, and the snake can be quite impactful when in action - which I think describes this bass perfectly.
     
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