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About this project

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.

Benefits

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. 

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Angled Endpins make large shifts much easier

The Problem

A drilled bass
A drilled bass
 

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. 

The Solution

The Chromatic Endpin
The Chromatic Endpin

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. 

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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? 

Another Problem

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. 

FAQ

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.

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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.

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    One day you'll go to get the mail expecting some boring bill and instead you will find an even bigger, more beautiful thank you on a sweet vintage postcard from yours truly.

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    I'll even sign it and leave you something special inside.

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    Get A Lesson With Me

    You will be thanked, receive a free signed copy of my book Make It, and receive an 60 minute lesson with me.

    Local backers may get a lesson in New York City or Jersey City, NJ. If you're too far, we can do a lesson on Skype.

    We can work on whatever you would like :)

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    The Gift Of Knowledge

    I have read dozens of books and spent many hours learning how to take on a project like this.

    I'll pick one of my favorites and mail it to you, along with a reading guide and my own personal notes to help you absorb the information.

    Tell me what you're working on am I can even tailor it to your project.

    A few weeks later I'll give you a call and check in to see how everything is going.

    And of course I'll thank you, send you a postcard, and a signed copy of my own book.

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    Pre-Order The Chromatic Endpin

    Get The Chromatic Endpin here.

    This is what it's all about. Pre-Ordering is the best, most direct way to bring the product into production.

    It will arrive as a kit that includes the endpin, instructions, and the tools needed to adjust it.

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    The engineer behind The Chromatic Endpin is a brilliant man—he's literally a nuclear physicist.

    This is your opportunity to meet him.

    You will get all the thanks, my book, a lesson, and of course the endpin.

    Then, we'll go get it set up with the engineer.

    You'll get a tour of the prototype facility and hear the stories behind the massive machinery that we used to build the first endpin.

    And of course we'll hang out for a while. Good conversation on the topics of music, science, religion, politics, and philosophy are guaranteed.

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    In-Person Setup and Mini-Documentary

    I will travel anywhere in the continental United States with my camera, then hand deliver and personally set up your new Chromatic Endpin.

    We can experiment with several variations and find the best possible solution that fits you, your bass, and your playing style.

    Once you're all set up, I'll shoot a mini-documentary on you and your music making and feature it on emilioguarino.com as well as the endpin's future website.

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