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Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: John_C] #2850444
05/20/19 02:04 PM
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A couple of loose notes:

There are a lot of "keyboard" benches that adjust for height through their "X" legs. They're cheap (ish) light and strong.

I was told by my piano teacher to adjust the bench fore and aft by placing it so that my bent knuckles would just touch the fallboard with straight but not stretched arms.

When my back is acting up, I tilt my bench forward with a 2x4 under the back legs. The forward tilted hips help avoid slouching and promotes a properly curved lumbar. That, and a one inch closed cell (firm) pad put the bench at a really nice height for my six foot frame. I also put the music up on a 3 inch piece of foam so that I don't bend my neck forward (bulging C6 disc) to look down at the music. I don't find that the amount of tilt produced by the 1 3/4 inch of rise requires and excess of leg muscle to maintain stability but I know others who have abandoned forward sloping chairs for that reason.

Moral: you have to experiment and find what works for you.

Kurt


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Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: Lakeviewsteve] #2850544
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Originally Posted by Lakeviewsteve
Originally Posted by WhoDwaldi
In the long run, I think it's best to bite the bullet (an initially very expensive one) and buy an artist bench--the kind with knobs to adjust the height.

Everybody will recommend Jansen.
http://www.pianosupplies.com/pianos/JansenArtist.html



I second this motion! I love my Jensen artist bench and find it worth every cent.

I think I'm the fourth for this motion.

Love my Jansen bench. Looks like they have a ton more options than when I purchased mine a few years ago. Only thing is I misplaced all my allen wrenches and I need to tighten it.

Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: John_C] #2850612
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Another vote for the Andexinger, Super comfortable, doesn't move or squeak, and hydraulic operation so BruceD's issue about the number of knob turns does not arise

Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: John_C] #2850782
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Has anybody tried this ergonomic piano bench?
I’m intrigued but this idea and would like some feedback from anyone who may have used one.


It’s never too late to be what you might have been. -George Eliot
Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: John_C] #2852472
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Cheap is often a poor value. But expensive often is, too.

My somewhat cheap duet bench lasted 30 years, needing only a quick re-appholstery (a yard of vinyl sheet) after nearly 20 years. A loose leg finally persuaded me to replace it.

The replacement is just an ordinary $80 bench.

Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: JazzyMac] #2857375
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Originally Posted by JazzyMac
Originally Posted by Lakeviewsteve
Originally Posted by WhoDwaldi
In the long run, I think it's best to bite the bullet (an initially very expensive one) and buy an artist bench--the kind with knobs to adjust the height.

Everybody will recommend Jansen.
http://www.pianosupplies.com/pianos/JansenArtist.html



I second this motion! I love my Jensen artist bench and find it worth every cent.

I think I'm the fourth for this motion.

Love my Jansen bench. Looks like they have a ton more options than when I purchased mine a few years ago. Only thing is I misplaced all my allen wrenches and I need to tighten it.


I have a leather Jansen Artist Bench and it one of the best items I have ever purchased. It is so comfortable time just flies by while practicing. Highly recommended!


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Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: texasdiver] #2857392
06/10/19 10:53 PM
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I have a $200 bench from CPS Imports that I’d buy again. Padding is a little hard for my taste, but it’s well built and so far dead quiet. Good height adjustment range, though I bought a shorter set of matched legs from them as it bottomed out with the legs as sold. It’s called “Adjustable Pillow Top Genuine Leather Artist Piano Bench Stool in Ebony”, and I got it online.


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Re: Choosing a piano bench [Re: John_C] #2857938
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Jansen Artist for me. It was the third bench I bought--- trying to save some bucks. The first two cheaper benches are serving other purposes now.

The amount the Jansen travels [how much it will go up or down] is not that much, but it is rock-solid when you get there. I learned that you can order different sizes of legs. So, if you are able to try this in a store, you might save some money by [1] deciding the standard leg is perfect for you, or [2] ordering shorter or taller legs when you order the bench. That could save you about a hundred bucks, if you can do it that way.

You are seated in the power of intention: your piano posture is the alpha and omega for the Jansen Artist bench. If you play much, you will see what I mean. I have never seen one used for any other purpose.


Clef

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