A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Angled bass endpins were first adopted by Francois Rabbath and his students, but thanks to their many benefits they are becoming more mainstream every year.
Angled endpins are very popular because they make the bass easier to play.
The bass feels as if it is floating. It moves with the motion you need to play the instrument, not against it.
Straight endpins balance best when the bass is completely vertical. This position is not ideal for actually playing it. If you've ever felt like it was difficult to keep the bass in a comfortable position, you know what I'm talking about.
Angled endpins keep the bass in a comfortable position in all ranges of the instrument.
Achieving the correct angle requires that a new hole is drilled next to the existing endpin. This presents two big problems:
1. It's inflexible. You can only drill out the bass once and there is no way to experiment.
2. Drilling just isn't an option for many people. Aesthetic, practical, and financial reasons all play a part.
Additionally, if you have to perform on a rental bass or want to use more than one angle for different performance situations, you're pretty much out of luck.
I created The Chromatic Endpin to solve these problems. I wanted a solution that I could use on different basses and allow me to experiment without modifying my instrument.
Also, it has the added benefit of being very user friendly. No professional installation is necessary.
It takes less than two minutes to assemble and it adjusts even faster.
And if you are positive you want to drill your bass, wouldn't it be great to have a way to experiment first and decide what will work for you?
I'm really happy with my endpin and other people keep asking me where they can get one.
You can't buy these anywhere...yet.
I need to make a batch before I can start taking orders. Making a batch will take a substantial chunk of money.
I'm here on Kickstarter to solve this problem. You can pre-order one on this page.
If the campaign is successful, I will have everything I need to make Chromatic Endpins available worldwide and you will be one of the first people to have one.
Do you have to change your playing or technique?
Only as much as you want to. By allowing the bassist to easily adjust and experiment with different endpin orientations, the player decides how much change happens and how quickly.
Lots of people shy away from ever trying an angled endpin because it just seems too extreme. It's a big jump to a very different place
With The Chromatic Endpin, anything from a radical to a slight change in balance and instrument orientation can be achieved in minutes. You're in control.
How strong is it?
The Chromatic Endpin is rated for basses up to 30lbs.
Here's a video of me bouncing my (25lbs.) bass around on it.
What size endpin does The Chromatic Endpin fit?
It fits 10mm endpin housings. Once we have this version in production, it is very easy to adapt it for other diameters.
Where is the endpin made?
The Chromatic Endpin is designed and produced in the United States.
What is it made out of?
Aerospace-grade aluminum, steel alloys, and rubber.
How will I use funds from this campaign?
1. Initial Order: $12,000
My biggest single expense is the initial order of endpins. If I only order a few, they'll be very expensive. If I order lots of them at once, the price per endpin becomes much more affordable.
This is same reason why a single banana costs $1 at 7-Eleven, but a pound of bananas costs $0.50 at the market.
2. Marketing and Misc. Expenses: $3000
I have a skill set that allows me to keep the project very lean, but there are still some fixed costs outside of cutting the metal. Think product insurance, advertising, website hosting, and fulfillment costs.
3. Transaction Fees: $1200
Kickstarter and the bank each take a cut if funding is successful.
4. Reinvestment in the product
Once the initial $12,000 order is filled and I start selling them, not only will the consumer price be more affordable, I will have enough money to order another batch of endpins so I don't have to run another Kickstarter campaign to make more.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to a project like this is developing a working prototype. That part is done.
The next tricky part is finding someone to make the endpins at a reasonable cost. That step is done too—the fabricator is just waiting for me to give him the green light.
Delays are always possible for a number of reasons outside my control and cost of materials can always change.