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I think it's about time to by a piano bench.

I am a bit concerned that the lowest setting will not be low enough.

Is it in general common that the lowest setting will not low enough for adults?

I seem to have a bit proportionally long torso, compared to legs. I prefer to use the lowest settings in office chairs, and hair dressers sometimes think my head is at a surprisingly high height in their chair at the lowest setting.

Apart from that I'm mostly regular sized (183cm (6'0") and nothing not any easily noticable unusual proportions).

Is it likely that the lowest setting will not be low enough?
(I could saw of the bottom of the bench in the worst case though).

Is the entire high range meant for different sized adults, or are the higher settings meant for children?

Also I am not sure what would be a good height for me.
The chair I use now is about 45cm and I've tried to add books, and am not sure what would be best. If I had a height adjustable chair it would probably be easier to try and figure out what I like best smile

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I'm actually looking for one myself right now, an adjustable one. The bench (19" high) that came with the digital piano I purchased is too low for me and so I'm using cushions on top of it for now. So I don't think a higher setting is necessarily only for children smile I'm not a big guy, only 5'8. My teacher recommended a setting of where your elbow is level with the keys, so your keys height will factor in as well.


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I recently got this:
http://www.thomann.de/intl/andexinger_klavierbank_liftomatic_leder.htm

and now I ordered this one too
http://www.thomann.de/intl/andexinger_klavierbank_lift_o_matic_484.htm

Solid, doesn't squeak, more adjustment than any other bench.
Plus, is like one used at the Berliner Philharmoniker.


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I think the adjustable benches are meant to (and do) fit most adults, though there obviously will be exceptions--NBA players might have to have their piano benches custom-made. smile

Would it be possible to visit a piano showroom and try out a few benches?

A bench is much better than a chair. You need to be able to move around a bit as you play up and down the piano keyboard and a chair isn't wide enough to support this. You might be able to lean and reach from a chair, but that's going to throw you off in other ways.


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I'm fairly tall (186 cm) and set my bench to the lowest height, which I find comfortable. I think the best way to find out is to try some benches in a piano store and see what feels comfortable.

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Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
I'm fairly tall (186 cm) and set my bench to the lowest height, which I find comfortable. I think the best way to find out is to try some benches in a piano store and see what feels comfortable.

Let's also remember that we can work with the height of the piano.
They are not all at the same height and caster cups can change height a little bit too....

The first "standardization" of heights happened at the beginning of the XX century and Le Corbusier was a strong promoter of ergonomics... but if I remember correctly he was thinking about men being 172/174cm and women around 155. Today population is much taller, at least in the western world but everything is still standardized about these numbers (that is the reason why we don't actually fit properly anymore into bath tubs or we can hit the head in most shower heads or the cooktop feels too low to be comfortable.

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I bought an adjustable stool with wooden legs from eBay. I'm 183cm and had to adjust it up a fair bit. If it wasn't short enough I would have trimmed a few cm off of the legs with a wood saw.

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Thanks everyone for your help.
There is something about going to a piano show room to try out bunch of piano benches that sounds really boring or unappealing.
I'd much prefer spending the time practising smile
These places can also be dangerous because you tend to find something else there that you'll want to buy.

I ended up ordering one with a height range of 45-54cm. From Thomann.
http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_kb_85wnm.htm
(I also ordered a guitar to qualify for free shipping. Webshops can also be dangerous).


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