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#1265499 - 09/09/09 06:50 PM Beethoven Chair - any good?  
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I was practicing today for a couple of hours, and it dawned on me that a Beethoven chair might give my back some rest. I have bad posture sometimes, and I feel like I'd want to have some support for my back when the muscles get tired. I like the old-fashioned design of these chairs. What do you think? Could such a chair be helpful?

I promise not to trim the legs, though, as Glenn Gould did. smirk

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#1265574 - 09/09/09 09:19 PM Re: Beethoven Chair - any good? [Re: SeilerFan]  
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Ummm..

Do you mean a practice chair?

I have never heard of a Beethoven chair.


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#1265805 - 09/10/09 09:49 AM Re: Beethoven Chair - any good? [Re: Rich Galassini]  
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Yes, Rich, I mean a practice chair. I guess it's been nicknamed Beethoven chair as well.
At my old high school in Germany, they have such a chair with their Grotrian Steinweg grand. It's height-adjustable and nowadays pretty squeaky through generations of users.

#1265841 - 09/10/09 11:00 AM Re: Beethoven Chair - any good? [Re: SeilerFan]  
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Just discovered this beauty - made in Germany:

Andexinger Beethoven Chair

I'd never heard of the company before, but it's nice to find a small independent maker that produces locally. Anyone heard of them here in the U.S.?

Here is another maker, Eugen Balz, also made in Germany:
Beethoven Stuhl

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#1265848 - 09/10/09 11:15 AM Re: Beethoven Chair - any good? [Re: SeilerFan]  
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Wow, this one looks nice, too, and is made in the US:
Frederick Chair

The more I browse, the more I find. Jansen makes a practice chair:
Jansen practice chair

I think this is not my favorite, though, as it isn't height adjustable. Also, minimum height is 18 inches, slanted towards 19 inches in the back. I prefer to be at 17 inches. I would hate to have to cut off the legs on this one. Also, no upholstery. Possibly uncomfortable...

And yet another Beethoven chair... Discacciati.. this has been discussed in a rather weird thread here on PWF before (with the apparent developer of the product):
Discacciati

It looks nice. However, this is definitely NOT on the affordable end of things.

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#1265851 - 09/10/09 11:19 AM Re: Beethoven Chair - any good? [Re: SeilerFan]  
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Why can't the padding wrap around the edges? Then it would be perfect for my numb butt. I am shopping for this too...for my christmas gift!


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#1265859 - 09/10/09 11:24 AM Re: Beethoven Chair - any good? [Re: LVP]  
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Originally Posted by lvp
Why can't the padding wrap around the edges? Then it would be perfect for my numb butt.
I hear you! Well, out of all the ones easily available in the U.S., this seems to be a good choice nonetheless. One could always add a seat cushion if it's to hard. I wonder, though, what the difference in price is. I think the Jansen might be more expensive, and the Frederick more affordable.

#1265864 - 09/10/09 11:37 AM Re: Beethoven Chair - any good? [Re: SeilerFan]  
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I like these. The bench that came with my Kawai has really sharp edges. One of these days, I'll finish the edges on the cushion I made for it. I think I'd like the back, too. The chairs by Balz and Andexinger appeal to me most.

Charles


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