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Anybody here find they need one, for a bad back, either permanent or temporary, and what might your thoughts be on this?
I've just started up with one; could be a combination of poor eyesight causing peering at times, (although my specs are as good as they get) which gives rise to poor posture on such occasions.
Could be too much practice on new material.

Your arms are supported by the shoulders in the playing position, producing adverse compensatory forces in the back anyway, which age may do nothing to alleviate!
Maybe I spend too much time riding bikes, or not enough. This unfortunately, might be a problem for which beer is not the answer . . . .


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You can get drum thrones with backrests.

When you say your specs are good, I hope you have them corrected for eye-to-score distance, when your posture is good.


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I use an ordinary dining chair, but it isn't ideal. Have a look for 'Beethoven Chairs' for the piano - adjustable seat, proper back rest (and a price to match, usually)


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I could only see two modern designs. Cheapest was £329. Funny thing is, my back seems a lot better now, for some reason. Must be the weather; it's gonna rain!
Some of us (wife in particiular) have early warning weather detection systems which are pretty accurate . . .


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Possibly an adjustable office chair?

The best one I ever had I got in the nineties. A friend of mine, long dead, sold such things. It had 4 casters and such things became illegal so he gave me it. It was wonderful.


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The books & sheet music I'm reading has reasonably large print. Otherwise I'd scan my page into the computer so I can zoom in as much as I need.

When it comes to chair, my solution is an office chair without the arm rest on both sides. Some are made to be ergonomic and you can go into a specialty store for office furniture to find the best fit for your back.

Bike riding is something I have been doing regularly when spring started in March. It's mostly a necessity to keep travel cost down. On average I'd be riding between 20-30 km/wk. Living in a high-rise building I can even ride my bike in winter between the levels of the underground parking for exercise. Sitting in front of the computer or the piano keyboard for many hours is definitely a problem. I'd force myself to take the bike out and ride for at least an hour a day unless it's raining.

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Originally Posted by peterws
I could only see two modern designs. Cheapest was £329. Funny thing is, my back seems a lot better now, for some reason. Must be the weather; it's gonna rain!
Some of us (wife in particiular) have early warning weather detection systems which are pretty accurate . . .
That's probably as cheap as they get - I've never seen one advertised for less. I wonder why they're called Beethoven chairs.
I've always hated piano benches (can't lean back between pieces!), so have always used an ordinary chair - with my old accoustic I sometimes used books on top of it to get the right height but with my current (ancient) DP with its much lower stand it's about right. Once I tried a drummers' throne (nasty, cheap thing tbh) but it was so uncomfortable that it got dumped.
Hope the back improves - maybe it should rain all the time!


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The books & sheet music I'm reading has reasonably large print. Otherwise I'd scan my page into the computer so I can zoom in as much as I need.

When it comes to chair, my solution is an office chair without the arm rest on both sides. Some are made to be ergonomic and you can go into a specialty store for office furniture to find the best fit for your back.

Bike riding is something I have been doing regularly when spring started in March. It's mostly a necessity to keep travel cost down. On average I'd be riding between 20-30 km/wk. Living in a high-rise building I can even ride my bike in winter between the levels of the underground parking for exercise. Sitting in front of the computer or the piano keyboard for many hours is definitely a problem. I'd force myself to take the bike out and ride for at least an hour a day unless it's raining.

I'm now of the age where I crash bikes regularly. Near misses on the road are an everyday occurance, and motorbikes/horses/high powered scooters are using cycle tracks where I live.
Driving since the pandemic (since?) has deteriorated, but it's not all doom and gloom.
It's the gym bikes now for me! Les Mills courses in the Immersive Studio, ha ha!

I'll look into some office chairs.


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Sam Smith has a nice piano "chair", with a back. I've sat in it while playing his Yamaha C3, and it is very comfortable. However, I don't think I leaned back in it much.

Maybe Sam will chime in and elaborate on his piano chair a bit...

Hope your back gets better, Peter!

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Jansen in the US sells one that they import, but apparently it’s the same one that Yamaha uses for their pianos. Since you’re in Europe, you might try asking a local Yamaha dealer to see if they can special order one for you?

https://jansenpianobenches.com/products/adjustable-piano-chair-wood-back

I know here in Canada, a music store on the west coast sells it and other options as well.

https://www.tomleemusic.ca/search/?q=Piano+chair

FYI my teacher has this same chair for her students and it’s wonderful!

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Originally Posted by Rickster
Sam Smith has a nice piano "chair", with a back. I've sat in it while playing his Yamaha C3, and it is very comfortable. However, I don't think I leaned back in it much.

Maybe Sam will chime in and elaborate on his piano chair a bit...

Hope your back gets better, Peter!

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I use one of these:

piano chair at amazon

Basically if is a sturdy chair with an adjustable seat and no arms. I never lean back in it, so I suppose the back is useless for me. But I like it - it is rock solid. If you were ok with the height, just a sturdy dining table chair or kitchen table chair with no arms would work as well.

I'm still riding bikes too - just rode my age in miles (68+) the other day. I try to do that every year. I ride on the paved roads and gravel roads - but I am in a rural area and can find roads without much traffic.

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