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The endpin is a tapered button-like pin that resides in the bottom end of a mandolin and is inserted into a tapered hole, typically passing through the tailpiece attachment.
The example shown here is for an acoustic mandolin. Depending upon what kind of instrument, the attachment may not pass through a tailpiece attachment as in the case of some electric or hybrids mandolins.
The purpose of the endpin is to secure a mandolin strap to one end of the instrument.
Endpins are are typically made out of a hard wood or ebony, but may be made of plastic, or metal with gold or nickel plating.
Pins come in many different colors and degree of customization and may even include intricate or plain inlay, or no inlay at all. They are typically removable but can be a part of the permanent design, again, depending upon what kind of mandolin in which they reside.
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