Bob's Rubber Endpin Cover for Kay and Engelhardt Basses
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For years, we've hosted an FAQ (in our Resources, see menu above) for Bob's crafty two-piece solution to replace the rubber endpin cap on a Kay or Engelhardt 1/2" endpin. Although we also stock economy rubber endpin caps, some folks need something a lot more durable for the long haul. So we've been regularly asked for years to stock the parts necessary to put this solution into practice, and now we have finally done it - here's Bob's solution, served to you on a silver platter!
In the package, you will get:
- a 1/2" (13mm) Vinyl Tip Cover
- a 5/8" (16mm) Rubber Foot
Putting it together is quite simple; first, slip the slim vinyl 1/2" tip on the pin until it seats firmly. Then force the 5/8" rubber tip over it, as shown in the photo.
That's it! Simple and effective. Bob's been using this combo on his bass for over a decade, and it's still holding up great.
Tips for your tip:
- If you have a contemporary Engelhardt, the endpin may have a crossbar that prevents you from losing the pin inside the bass, as shown in the photo at right. Consider using pliers to remove that pin (if it's stuck, you can cut or grind it off) so you can put the pointy end inside the bass and the flat end outside. Since there will be no point jabbing at the inside of the rubber tip, it will last a lot longer.
- Alternatively, some metal washers or a metal disk can be placed inside the tip so the sharp point won't pierce the rubber tip.
This is the only cover that fit the endpin on my generic bass. I was glad to find it so I don't have to worry about the point damaging floors, but this cover leaves black marks wherever it sits. They are easy to remove from solid flooring but impossible to get out of rugs and carpeting. Can you make one out of more durable material in white?
The black rubber didn't hold up more than a month and has a hole in the bottom.
I now have two (2) of these. One I use with a black rubber tip, and one with a white tip. You can find 5/8 rubber tips to slide on the provided sleeve - but the 1/2 vinyl sleeve, I found impossible to source. No fault of the item, but the rubber does wear, gets rough, and the rubber can come off leaving smudges on opposite color carpet or floors. So, I like having both. Also, "pro tip" (so to speak): the plastic sleeve works GREAT on all carpeting. I use the friction-producing rubber tips on hard surfaces outside - concrete, wooden decks, tile or wood floors. And slip off the rubber and use the "bare" plastic sleeve on carpet. So the tip is "convertible" and accommodates all surfaces pretty darn well!
Fits perfectly on the Engelhardt bass! Just need to apply great force to fit the final rubber cap over the initial vinyl tip.