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Jansen Duet Bench?
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Does it make sense to consider a duet bench (or as they say in my old neighborhood, a "double-wide") if one doesn't regularly play duets?

I can imagine it happening every now and then, or maybe a rare lesson at my house.

But mostly it's just me or someone else at the piano.

Is the "excess capacity" in such circumstances overkill, or a nice thing to have?


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We keep an extra (inexpensive) bench near the piano for those rare occasions when
someone wants to play duets, or I need a page turner to sit near me.

My primary bench is a nice Jansen artist bench, but it's a single wide :-)

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We sell Jansen benches in our online store, and we ship the artist benches anywhere in the contiguous U.S. with free shipping.

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The duet artist benches are heavy. But if you don't need to move your bench often they are very comfortable. The Jansens are very well made.


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The duet bench looks better...even if your playing solo.. smile

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I second Frank and recommend the second bench. The Jansen Duet's are wonderful but monsterously heavy. Two benches is easier to position and more flexible to use.


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My single-wide Jansen weighs a lot. Moving a duet bench might require a crane! I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a touchy back!

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Since Americans are getting bigger all the time, I think a duet bench will be helpful and valuable in the future. In 10 years most of us will weigh over 200 lbs. Thanks to buffets like Golden Corral etc. I have an artist bench and love it, however my original Yamaha bench is nearby in case of a duet. (mostly 1920's player piano roll stuff)


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What about the duet petit?




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"...Does it make sense to consider a duet bench... if one doesn't regularly play duets? I can imagine it happening every now and then, or maybe a rare lesson at my house. But mostly it's just me or someone else at the piano. Is the "excess capacity" in such circumstances overkill, or a nice thing to have?..."

Too much of a good thing. I guess it depends on what space you have--- at my place, it's a necessity to push the bench under the keyboard and pull it out when in use, just so I can get around. Then there's vacuuming and mopping; the furniture does not move itself out of the way, though I look forward to the day when it will rise six inches in the air when bade to do so. But in that time to come, housekeeping will do itself anyway, so why worry about a piano bench.

I suppose if one had a rather burly maid, it could work out. But the second bench offers a second adjustable height, in case the partner happens not to have the hostess's identical leg length. Or, it could be used at the DP--- and why shouldn't you have a nice bench for that? As for lessons, I can't think of a piano teacher I would have wanted to be that cozy with--- two benches, thank you.

Still, the Jansen Duet Bench serves a need: evidently, there is a market for this model. The OP should get whatever he or she finds pleasing. It might be wise to see it in person before placing the order, if that is possible.


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We play duets rather often, so the less spiffy and less heavy duet bench often stays at the piano rather than the spiffier artist bench that I can't move.

A duet artist bench would probably simplify that situation.


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They will probably have piano benches like car seats someday. Imagine a duet bench with dual 6-way power. Each person could raise or tilt the bench for their own preference. Massaging and heated seats could be an option.


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It's actually much better for each pianist to sit on their own bench during duets. Hardly ever are they comfortable at the same height. And frequently, one player must sit a bit at an angle to the piano so hands don't get in the way of the other pianist. Two single Jansen Artist benches are a bit cost prohibitive. But as Frank said, an second more inexpensive, less used bench may make sense.


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Two single artist benches don't fit all that well. Turning them sideways helps, but still isn't perfect.


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"... Two single Jansen Artist benches are a bit cost prohibitive. But as Frank said, an second more inexpensive, less used bench may make sense..."

And I have just the one: the Chinese-made adjustable bench that I thought might work out, but it didn't. PS, it wasn't that cheap, either; I would have been within shouting distance of two Jansens.


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When winter comes around, the last thing I want is to be obliged to sit alongside a potentially virulent student. I hate the double bench. I'd rather use a regular chair and reach in there - plus it means I can quickly scoot from being left or right of my student. Duet benches are big, cumbersome and impractical for the most part, for my purposes.

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I love mine, which I got because I hated using two different benches while playing duets.

Clearly it's a topic where different people have different preferences (de gustibus non est disputandum).


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Originally Posted by Piano*Dad
My single-wide Jansen weighs a lot. Moving a duet bench might require a crane! I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with a touchy back!


I considered the duet bench, but got the single instead. Glad I did, because PD's right--just the single weighs a ton!


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We have a used Jansen Duet here, more than 10 years old in great condition. I believe it weighs 57 lbs, but feels like 100 lbs. if it is sitting on anything but smooth, hardwood floors.


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I like single-wide: Walk up beside the bench, just one step over, BAM! Your bottom is home!

How is knob adjusting with the double-wide benches? Do some people have trouble reaching both knobs?


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