Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Yamaha CP4 Rebate
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
119 registered (accordeur, Almaviva, 36251, Anita Potter, ando, 24 invisible), 1676 Guests and 15 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2044335 - 03/07/13 05:11 AM Piano benches
ntw001 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/18/10
Posts: 12
Loc: Kent, UK.
Hi all - does anyone know if there's a suitable forum here where they talk about piano stools and benches?

Looking to buy one and wondered if anyone could recommend any manufacturers.
_________________________
Classically trained many years ago.
Currently playing a Kawai CA63

Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

 

#2044351 - 03/07/13 06:27 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Ed Foote Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1369
Loc: Tennessee
Greetings,
If you buy a Jansen, you will never need another one, and it will be looked at in future years as the best investment you could have made. Adjustable, comfortable, and durable. I see a lot of much cheaper benches that look just like them, but nothing else holds up as well. I take care of over 30 of them at a music school and there is no one else in comparison when you get to the adjustable artist benches.
Regards,

Top
#2044353 - 03/07/13 06:31 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: Ed Foote]
Rich Galassini Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9622
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Originally Posted By: Ed Foote
Greetings,
If you buy a Jansen, you will never need another one, and it will be looked at in future years as the best investment you could have made. Adjustable, comfortable, and durable. I see a lot of much cheaper benches that look just like them, but nothing else holds up as well. I take care of over 30 of them at a music school and there is no one else in comparison when you get to the adjustable artist benches.
Regards,


My most common thought after reading a post by Ed Foote is... Ditto! wink
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
www.cunninghampiano.com

Top
#2044356 - 03/07/13 06:51 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Dave Horne Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/07/04
Posts: 5291
Loc: Vught, The Netherlands
I've used expensive office chairs for the last 20+ years and will never go back to a piano bench or piano stool. I go for comfort and back support.
_________________________
website

mp3\wav files

AvantGrand N3, CP5

Top
#2044357 - 03/07/13 06:51 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
beethoven986 Online   content
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 3437
Jansen.
_________________________
B.Mus. Piano Performance 2009
M.Mus. Piano Performance & Literature 2011
PTG Associate Member
Certified Dampp-Chaser installer

Top
#2044391 - 03/07/13 08:37 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
Jansen - If you are looking for an adjustable bench.

For fixed position benches, there are many good options.
_________________________
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

Top
#2044409 - 03/07/13 09:08 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
dcb Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/15/10
Posts: 200
I bought a Jansen bench a couple years ago and thought it was a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a bench, but now that I have one...I consider it the best investment ever. Totally worth the money. If you have the money, I would not hesitate to buy one and be done. Last bench you will ever buy.

Top
#2044416 - 03/07/13 09:19 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Morodiene Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 12614
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
I have several artist benches. One I believe is a Jansen (came with my Petrof) and I love it. The others are cheaper versions and one tilts a bit when you lean to one side to reach the keys, which can be quite disconcerting. The other is fine, but not as comfortable. You get what you pay for.
_________________________
private piano/voice teacher FT



Top
#2044438 - 03/07/13 09:56 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
PianoWorksATL Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/19/09
Posts: 2868
Loc: Atlanta, GA
Don't know if you many Jansen benches make it to the UK, so a more available alternative I am fond of are benches from Hidrau Model.
_________________________
Sam Bennett
PianoWorks - Atlanta Piano Dealer
Bösendorfer, Estonia, Seiler, Grotrian, Weber & Hailun
Pre-Owned: Yamaha, Kawai, Steinway & other fine pianos
Full Restoration Shop
www.PianoWorks.com
www.youtube.com/PianoWorksAtlanta

Top
#2044528 - 03/07/13 01:41 PM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Supply Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/11/06
Posts: 3919
Loc: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
There are other excellent benches as well. Concertmaster comes to mind.

In Europe, you have access to high quality benches from Italy and Spain with pneumatic height adjustments etc.
_________________________
Jurgen Goering
Piano Forte Supply
www.pianofortesupply.com

Piattino Caster Cups distributor

Top
#2044834 - 03/07/13 11:34 PM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
manofsong Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/16/09
Posts: 143
Loc: Earth
Jansen.
_________________________
I often wonder what could have been.

1917 Baldwin L, Satin Mahogany, #30220

Top
#2044852 - 03/08/13 12:39 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Gatsbee13 Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/03/10
Posts: 528
Loc: So Cal
is there a certain model jansen that is popular?

Top
#2044869 - 03/08/13 01:48 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Pianolance Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 1192
Loc: Nashville, TN
Any discussion about benches always brings out the Jansen fanboys thumb
_________________________
Knabe 5'2" Louis XV Walnut circa 1927
Very part time piano broker.

Top
#2044945 - 03/08/13 08:38 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
BoseEric Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 733
Loc: Fairfield County, CT
Hidrau Model makes excellent benches including the pneumatic BM45H.

Jansen benches are well made but not trouble free. They have such ubiquity here because they are, as far as I know, the only domestic bench maker.
_________________________
RPT. In the business: Feurich pianos, Neupert harpsichords, Hidrau benches, piano technician

Top
#2044983 - 03/08/13 10:06 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Rich Galassini Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 9622
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Actually, the Hidrau pneumatic bench IS awfuly cool and we have sold them to some very high line piano buyers.

I am not sure why I did not mention them as well.
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
www.cunninghampiano.com

Top
#2044984 - 03/08/13 10:09 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Steven Y. A. Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/14/13
Posts: 291
Loc: Toronto
amazon got a whole bunch. seem like budget friendly option.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_seeall_3?rh=k%3Aartist+bench%2Ci%3Ami&keywords=artist+bench&ie=UTF8&qid=1362755272
reviews are positive
_________________________
PLEYEL P124

Top
#2045453 - 03/09/13 10:31 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
malkin Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 3044
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
I believe mine was made in Spain, but I don't know the manufacturer. Not quite as massive and far from as pricey as a Jansen, but it is a nice size duet bench, adjustable, and sturdy enough for all purposes so far. I don't like the fabric on top and now that it is showing some wear I am planning to have it reupholstered with leather.
_________________________
Ladies and Gentlemen: This is not a competition, merely an exhibition. No wagering please.

Top
#2046259 - 03/10/13 11:29 PM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
trandinhnamanh Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 25
Loc: Paris, France
Italian benches "Collezione Lanzani" are great, too. And expensive!

Top
#2048066 - 03/14/13 07:33 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
crogersrx Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/25/08
Posts: 712
Loc: San Francisco, CA
A good Jansen bench will set you back around $600 to $850, depending on if you get the standard one person bench or the duet bench. I highly recommend the duet bench for a couple hundred dollars more. Even if you never play a duet with someone, having the extra bench space is comfy. My cat sits by me when I play, so that gives us both room, and sometimes I sit music or something on the bench instead of up on the music desk (less risk of things falling into the piano). It really is a SOLID bench with a mechanism that is smooth and built to last literally a lifetime. Sure, if you go to a music school, there may be a few that have taken a beating and are no longer rock solid, but if those were any other bench, they'd have been matchwood with the beating a Jansen can take.

I bought a Jansen Artist Duet with leather upholstery, which my cat promptly custom perforated. In retrospect, I don't see the need for spending the extra for leather, as all the naugahyde Jansens I've seen look wonderful and endure a beating better than natural leather. It will set you back $800-$850 these days, but you will NEVER regret it. Amortize that $850 over a lifetime and it's cheaper by far than buying multiple "settle-for" benches that are not as solid, comfortable, or enduring as a Jansen. I have a friend that bought a Jansen after having spent nearly $700 over 15 years on knock-off benches that were flimsy and fell apart in 5 years or so.

Splurge, and get yourself a Jansen.
_________________________
Cary Rogers, PharmD
San Francisco, CA
1887 Knabe 6'4" (Rebuilt)

Top
#2048094 - 03/14/13 08:54 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Roger Ransom Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 1300
Loc: SouthWest Michigan
Jansen makes good piano benches of course. But to think that all others fall apart in five years is not true.

I have an artist bench that I don't even know the brand of that cost me hundreds less. I expect the mechanism is not as smooth but then I NEVER readjusted it after I first got it so I couldn't care less. It does not rock, is solid and heavy and has lasted about 20 years so far and shows no signs of falling apart. In fact it looks as good as new and I play about 2 hours a day.

If you can afford it, go for it. However, there are other options just as comfortable and satisfying for much less money. Not everyone has $600 to $800 to spend on a bench to sit on.
_________________________
Laugh More
Yamaha G7 - Roland FP7

Top
#2048169 - 03/14/13 11:58 AM Re: Piano benches [Re: ntw001]
Jeff Clef Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 4478
Loc: San Jose, CA
"... But to think that all others fall apart in five years is not true..."

Correct. Some take less than five years.

BTW, that duet Artist's Bench is a real backbreaker; if you have two people playing (for example, a teacher and a child) you may be better off with two single-width benches anyway.

A cat does not need an $800 bench to keep you company on.
_________________________
Clef


Top
#2048180 - 03/14/13 12:34 PM Re: Piano benches [Re: Jeff Clef]
Roger Ransom Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 1300
Loc: SouthWest Michigan
Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef

Correct. Some take less than five years.


Probably true but I can only relate my own good experience. I doubt if I'm unique.
_________________________
Laugh More
Yamaha G7 - Roland FP7

Top
#2048188 - 03/14/13 12:46 PM Re: Piano benches [Re: Jeff Clef]
PianoWorksATL Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/19/09
Posts: 2868
Loc: Atlanta, GA
Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef
...if you have two people playing (for example, a teacher and a child) you may be better off with two single-width benches anyway.
This is a better option for most people, though rarely do people consider it. Getting one very good bench and an affordable second bench for occasional use works well.
_________________________
Sam Bennett
PianoWorks - Atlanta Piano Dealer
Bösendorfer, Estonia, Seiler, Grotrian, Weber & Hailun
Pre-Owned: Yamaha, Kawai, Steinway & other fine pianos
Full Restoration Shop
www.PianoWorks.com
www.youtube.com/PianoWorksAtlanta

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
circle of 5ths coaster
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Hal Leonard Teacher VIP
Hal Leonard Teacher VIP Your Source for Piano Music
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Book You Helped With is Free Today
by TromboneAl
04/19/15 09:55 AM
New Casio Privia PX-160
by fizikisto
04/19/15 09:17 AM
What piano keyboard controller is this?
by toddy
04/19/15 05:53 AM
Chickering Brothers Founder worked at Chickering and Sons?
by pianoman9
04/19/15 01:11 AM
Stress caused by bitter rivalry led to premature deaths
by newport
04/18/15 10:56 PM
What's Hot!!
Trade Regrets: Gary Trafton - Piano Rep
--------------------
Historic Piano Documents
--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Forum Stats
78,941 Registered Members
44 Forums
163,351 Topics
2,397,533 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission