Comparisons of a New Harmony 19 inch, 10mm, 68 gram carbon fiber endpin, a New Harmony 24 inch, 10mm, 76 gram carbon fiber endpin, and a 24 inch, 10mm, 230 gram RESONANCE Titanium Cello Endpin. Actual length of the shafts are 18.5 inches, 22.5 inches, and 22.5 inches, respectively. All excerpts were performed with the endpin at the same length outside of the cello, 12.75 inches.
There is a good deal of commentary by cellists concerning how different materials change the sound or response of a cello, so I decided to put this to the test. The three endpins compared here were auditioned one after the other in exactly the same position, mic placement, etc., in order to have as true a comparison as possible. All were inserted into a 6-degree down-angled New Harmony plug/bung.
I wanted to compare the exact same length shaft of the two different materials, as I read of an experiment where someone cut off most of the part of a steel endpin that remained inside of the cello while performing in order to save weight. It was reported that this negatively affected the sound of the cello with that endpin in it, implying that the portion of the endpin inside the cello has a positive effect on the sound.
You be the judge!