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A really big problem I have when performing with my double bass, is that the endpin keeps sliding on the floor. Unless there is a carpet or the floor is grainy (or something that isn't slippery), I have to keep the bass from sliding. This is really tiresome, because I have to actually hold the bass, not just balance it against my body. At home I have a carpet on the floor, so this doesn't happen.

Is there something double bassists use on the live shows to prevent the bass from sliding?

  • You could carry a "Welcome" mat along to gigs.... – ex nihilo Sep 13 '17 at 12:44
  • @DavidBowling I have thought of that, but it's not long enough. A mat like that isn't steady, so it will slide along with the bass unless I step on it. It'd have to be about double the size – Shevliaskovic Sep 13 '17 at 12:46
  • Tried the rubber 'ferrule' that is found on the bottom of walking sticks? Or a door stop that would normally get screwed into the floor, both softish rubber? – Tim Sep 13 '17 at 12:57
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    This & many like it... caswells-strings.co.uk/product/double-bass-endpin-ferrule or this beast - superspikes.co.uk/bassspike.html – Tetsujin Sep 13 '17 at 12:58
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Googling Bass endpin ferrule
brought some simple

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https://www.caswells-strings.co.uk/product/double-bass-endpin-ferrule/

and some not-so-simple

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http://www.superspikes.co.uk/bassspike.html

answers to the slippage problem.

UK bias because that's my home country.

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Also you can search for a "rock stop" which is a larger puck of non-slip rubber with a metal cup in the middle that your end pin sits down in. Probably goes by multiple names, but my son (who plays cello) has a couple in his case that he uses quite successfully to keep his cello in place while playing. I'm sure the same would work fine for a double bass.

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What you're looking for is called an Endpin Anchor or an Endpin Stop. There are many types, from simple rubber ferrules to cups that attach to straps that can be tied off to a chair or whatever else.

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I have seen cello players tether their endpin to the chair they sit in with a short, looped rope. Since you stand, maybe you can put a foot on the other end. Just an idea.

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A simple beanbag will also work acceptably

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