Endpin stops, also known as rock stops, are one of the main accessories cellists need. Since cellos are not anchored on a shoulder like a violin or viola, they need to be supported by the floor via the endpin. In order to prevent this endpin from slipping, you need to either have a very sharp endpin, preferably made from silicone-carbide, or a great endpin stop. To make sure you get the right cello endpin stop read our list of the best cello endpin stoppers and best cello rock stops below.
Imagine not have a great endpin stop and having your cello fly out from under you during a performance. How embarrassing! But it has happened to people. In order to prevent this sort of situation, it is best to either buy an endpin stopper or make sure your endpin is sharp enough.
The downside of having a very sharp endpin is that you wind up putting minor pinholes into every surface your endpin comes into contact with. I can’t imagine the complaints the theater students have about our endpin vandalism at the studio theater we rehearse in. The solution? A great rock stop that not only protects your floor, but also provides a great anti-slip.
What is an endpin stopper?
A cello endpin stopper, also known as an endpin anchor, is a device that is placed between a cello’s endpin and the floor to prevent the cello from slipping on the floor. An endpin stopper is often used when a cello’s endpin is not sharp enough to anchor itself in the floor surface or when the player does not want to damage the floor.
Types of Endpin Stoppers
“Black Hole” Rock Stop
A rock stop is simply a round piece of rubber or plastic that has rubber as a base. The rock stop is placed in between the cello endpin and the floor. When the endpin is placed in the rock stop, the weight of the cello creates enough friction that the cello does not slip. While often cheap, the risk of a rock stop slipping is high enough that we prefer the endpin strap anchors mentioned next.
Endpin Strap Anchor
One end of the endpin strap anchor attaches to a chair leg of the chair the cellist is sitting on and the endpin goes in the other, creating tension between the cello and the chair leg. This is a very reliable anchor since the cello is essentially attached to the chair.
Wooden Endpin Anchor
Wooden anchors work in a similar way to the strap anchor above, but instead of a single hole for the endpin, the wooden anchor has multiple holes so that the cellist can choose the position that is most comfortable.