Whatever they are called, the device that prevents our endpins from slipping across any flooring is vital. You just can’t sound good if you don’t feel comfortable.
Each design has its use, and one of my personal favorites is the Stoppin – Large Endpin Rest. You of course have the typical and professional-looking Black Hole, the using-a-bathmat option, and the technique that saves many: using an old belt. I usually have one tied on to my cello case just in case my endpin stop of choice isn’t working.
However, what I prefer for most of my students to use the is the Xeros Endpin Anchor. This has the most flexibility that I have seen, allowing me to even tie knots in it when I teach a 2 year-old. The reason I request this for my students is that it allows you to set the right length and takes the guessing out of “is my kids cello in the right place/endpin long enough?” fiasco we all dance with from time to time. This adds stability, security, and hopefully ends the cello posture fight that occurs in some young students.
All of my students that are in their first year studying with me are asked to secure this anchor, as it really does make learning this complicated instrument a little easier by taking out one of the variables.
Best part: a student didn’t want to spend the money on a real anchor, so they use a sequined belt. Fashion meets function!