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#547675 - 10/22/01 12:59 PM Bench Height  
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Tell me I'm not crazy!

My piano technician did a several hours of action regulation last week. Things are in very fine condition now (all that tremolo garbage that Liszt wrote makes more sense when one's repetition levers are just right).

But, I spent the whole weekend rolling my bench knobs up and down. I'm having trouble finding just the right height for the changes in my action regulation (I think it needs to be two and a half turns higher than my old favorite height).

Is anybody else having difficulty getting their bench height right?

[ October 22, 2001: Message edited by: MacDuff ]

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#547676 - 10/23/01 09:47 AM Re: Bench Height  
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Oh my! Same problem here too!! I just took delivery of my Piano and i can't seem to get the correct height! After playing on the piano for 5 minutes, my back starts to ache.( Hey! I'm not old!) Oh my..I can't really get the proper height but i remembered somewhere that the most common ideal height is 19cm from the top of the keys to the seat.

#547677 - 10/23/01 10:27 AM Re: Bench Height  
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I thought the recommended bench height is when your arms, between elbow and wrist, are parallel to the floor.

#547678 - 10/23/01 12:51 PM Re: Bench Height  
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I've noticed that very small changes to the correct overall height can help compensate for the degree of heaviness or lightness of the action. It's not practical to try to "micro-adjust" this for a piano one doesn't play often, but at home, one can fiddle with the bench knobs (or sit up straighter or slouch).

For those with back problems, there used to be adjustable chairs with a slightly sloped seat called "recital" chairs. I think Yamaha still makes these.

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#547679 - 10/23/01 01:07 PM Re: Bench Height  
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Im extremely tempted to speak of a significant one who had an adjustable chair........

buuuuuut for everyone else's sake I won't. =)


Glenn Gould in regards to music:

The problem begins when one forgets the artificiality of it all, when one neglects to pay homage to those designations that to our minds-to our reflect senses, perhaps-make of music an analyzable commodity. The trouble begins when we start to become so impressed by the strategies of ours systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but a very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it.
#547680 - 10/23/01 01:14 PM Re: Bench Height  
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Zeldah,

It's not hard to guess you're talking about GG, right? Also Awadagin Pratt.

#547681 - 10/23/01 01:18 PM Re: Bench Height  
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Andrew,

Yes, of course, I speak of my Glenn.


Glenn Gould in regards to music:

The problem begins when one forgets the artificiality of it all, when one neglects to pay homage to those designations that to our minds-to our reflect senses, perhaps-make of music an analyzable commodity. The trouble begins when we start to become so impressed by the strategies of ours systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but a very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it.
#547682 - 10/23/01 04:37 PM Re: Bench Height  
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Zelda, run to your grocery store. . .
The latest National Enquirer has this headline:

"Di, JFK, Elvis and Glenn Gould Return to Earth On A Spaceship With A Great New Diet!"

#547683 - 10/23/01 06:45 PM Re: Bench Height  
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Quote
Originally posted by kenny:

"Di, JFK, Elvis and Glenn Gould Return to Earth On A Spaceship With A Great New Diet!"



Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

#547684 - 10/23/01 08:24 PM Re: Bench Height  
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No,

"Di, Jaqueline Kennedy, Elvis and LISZT Return to Earth On A Spaceship With Great NEW HAIRSTYLES."

#547685 - 10/23/01 08:45 PM Re: Bench Height  
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You guys should be comedians, not pianists.
Or maybe you should do a Victor Borge type deal and combine the two.

HA!


Glenn Gould in regards to music:

The problem begins when one forgets the artificiality of it all, when one neglects to pay homage to those designations that to our minds-to our reflect senses, perhaps-make of music an analyzable commodity. The trouble begins when we start to become so impressed by the strategies of ours systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but a very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it.

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