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Is the included Yamaha Clavinova bench way too high for anybody else? I'm average height, but with my elbows at a 90 degree angle, it puts me at least 4-5 inches too high. I'm looking for a nice and affordable adjustable bench. I would prefer a Yamaha product, but the brand doesn't really matter. What should I buy? Why is this bench so high, if I'm average height? Also, isn't playing at the proper height where your arms make a 90 degree angle the correct posture and very important?

Here's the bench that came with my Clavinova:
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Oh, that's my good old Yamaha bench. The piano has already changed, but I still sit on it. )
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No, its height is not a problem for me, because I can adjust the height of the piano itself (or rather its stand). ) But even when I had Clavinova, it was okay, but yes, a little high, it could be a little lower. Or much lower, because everyone has different preferences. smile

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Average bench height is 19". How high is your Yamaha bench?
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Is the included Yamaha Clavinova bench way too high for anybody else?

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
Average bench height is 19". How high is your Yamaha bench?
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Is the included Yamaha Clavinova bench way too high for anybody else?

Interesting. I just measured, and it is 19" plus padding. Perhaps I have short arms. But my elbows are definitely not at a 90 degree angle. Should I purchase an adjustable bench? And if so, how much should I spend and what should I buy specifically? Any suggestions?

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I’ve had 2 of these and didn’t use either one, I don’t like them at all. The CPS benches are nice, or Concerto II. I have a Jansen.


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Originally Posted by joe3701
Originally Posted by MacMacMac
Average bench height is 19". How high is your Yamaha bench?
Originally Posted by joe3701
Is the included Yamaha Clavinova bench way too high for anybody else?

Interesting. I just measured, and it is 19" plus padding. Perhaps I have short arms. But my elbows are definitely not at a 90 degree angle. Should I purchase an adjustable bench? And if so, how much should I spend and what should I buy specifically? Any suggestions?
I think it’s the way they are made, it’s just extremely uncomfortable for me. These are nice, they also have them on Amazon. Adjustable CPS bench


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I know it sounds silly - but could you just cut a bit off the legs?

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The height of a chair or bench can make playing a joy or a pain, literally.

I've used an office chair for decades. I remove the arms and have all the adjustments I need. A well made (expensive) office chair will also provide back support as well.

When I would play jobs where there was an acoustic piano, I would bring a cushion and other 'things' to raise the height of the chair or bench if necessary.

There is nothing more irritating that playing and being uncomfortable at the same time. I hope you fine a solution .


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Well, I'm 6' 4" and I'm searching for a tall piano bench. The closest I came to is Roland's RPB500 - I ordered one months ago, on back order, and now they're discontinued :-| For me, I'd be uncomfortable with anything less than 23" height. The Roland was advertised as 23.23" if I am not wrong - so I went for it only to find it's not available any more.

The Piano Bench that came with my Kawai CA79 was way too low, probably 18-19", for me.


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Puzzling ... I'm 6' 3" and I sit on a 19" bench.
If you have a bench at 23" ... aren't your knees hitting the keyslip?
Or perhaps you keep the bench farther from the piano so your knees are lower?

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Puzzling ... I'm 6' 3" and I sit on a 19" bench.
If you have a bench at 23" ... aren't your knees hitting the keyslip?
Or perhaps you keep the bench farther from the piano so your knees are lower?

Yes, I keep the bench a little farther so my knees are just below the base of the piano/stand. My hands are of the "right" (proportional) length to the rest of my body, but I have long fingers - or at least that's what I perceive - when I try to sit closer, the default position of my hands go significantly over the fallboard. I tried sitting closer and lowering the bench but it wasn't very comfortable - especially the legs. I guess I could get used to the arm position when sitting lower but not legs.


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