Comparisons of nine 10mm endpins: from New Harmony, a hollow 20 inch, 43 gram carbon fiber, a 20 inch, 67 gram solid CF, a 24 inch, 76 gram hollow CF, a 24 inch, 79 gram solid CF, and a 28 inch, 89 gram solid CF; a Cube Acoustics solid 24 inch, 390 tuned alloy; a Memminger 24 inch, 92 gram hollow titanium with three vertical rows of alternately placed homes, which allows you to rotate the pin for different qualities of sound; a RESONANCE 24 inch, 230 gram solid Titanium, and a 28 inch, 436 gram solid stainless steel.
There is a good deal of commentary by cellists concerning how different materials (and even different internal lengths) change the sound or response of a cello, so I decided to put this to the test.
All excerpts were performed with the endpin at the same length outside of the cello, 12.75 inches. The nine 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.
Special thanks to Ellen S. Gunst of Cellos2Go.com for the use of several of these endpins.