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#2242042 - 03/06/14 04:25 AM Soft bench or Hard?
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#2242097 - 03/06/14 08:42 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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When I was a kid uprights always came with a hard bench, and grands with a soft bench. Not sure why, but usually the hard bench came with the upright and matched, so it would look nice in the living room. Most people who had a grand were pros and probably went out and got the bench they liked. The hard benches always had a lid so you could hide the music inside. It was a small crisis when we acquired enough sheet music that it couldn't all fit in the piano bench.

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#2242104 - 03/06/14 08:53 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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Neither.

A chair, please.
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#2242105 - 03/06/14 08:56 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: bennevis]
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Originally Posted By: bennevis
Neither.

A chair, please.


I've been using an office chair beside one of my pianos because it's sitting right next to the desk, and I'm surprised at how well that works. I still have an "official" piano bench at the other one because it's the nice one and sits in the living room.

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#2242108 - 03/06/14 09:00 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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In my day, they were called stools, not benches: music stools. We had a soft-topped music stool which opened, even though we had an upright piano, not a grand. But I can't say it matched anything else in the lounge. It had a threadbare khaki grey material on top which made it look like a tired old hippopotamus with sores.

Except to play the piano, no one ever actually sat on the music stool except in times of crisis. Then they did.
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#2242117 - 03/06/14 09:23 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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Call me a snob, (really just a skinny butt) but it's a Jansen Artist bench for me all the way. If I'm away, I carry a Thermarest Trail Seat (inflatable pad) in case I have to play with a hard bench.

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#2242118 - 03/06/14 09:30 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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Thing is, organ stools were invariably polished wood, which shined yer trousers quite nicely! . . .but they looked super, and were to me, more comfortable than a soft one. There were of course, pedals to operate which I suppose had a lot to do with it . . . and I`m sat at a kitchen chair which is rock hard, in front o` this screen . . .Rather think I prefer it this way , . .


Edited by peterws (03/06/14 09:31 AM)
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#2242125 - 03/06/14 09:44 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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There were three-legged piano stools with a round seat. A fun thing was to spin around on them until the stool unwound and flew off the top.

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#2242140 - 03/06/14 10:24 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: David Farley]
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Originally Posted By: David Farley
Originally Posted By: bennevis
Neither.

A chair, please.


I've been using an office chair beside one of my pianos because it's sitting right next to the desk, and I'm surprised at how well that works. I still have an "official" piano bench at the other one because it's the nice one and sits in the living room.


My back frequently bothers me when at the piano, so I was also considering a chair - but I don't know which to try. Would you have a link to the one that you're using, or something similar?

Thanks!
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#2242161 - 03/06/14 11:18 AM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: newbert]
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Originally Posted By: newbert
Originally Posted By: David Farley
Originally Posted By: bennevis
Neither.

A chair, please.


I've been using an office chair beside one of my pianos because it's sitting right next to the desk, and I'm surprised at how well that works. I still have an "official" piano bench at the other one because it's the nice one and sits in the living room.


My back frequently bothers me when at the piano, so I was also considering a chair - but I don't know which to try. Would you have a link to the one that you're using, or something similar?

Thanks!


It's just an IKEA office chair I bought about 15 years ago. There is nothing exactly like it here, but I recall it was about $80 on sale, so maybe the Malkolm.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/workspaces/20652/

What surprises me is the arms don't get in the way when I'm playing.

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#2242270 - 03/06/14 03:52 PM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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A wooden chair, no arms, with cushion. Cushion for the bum, chair back for my back.

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#2242290 - 03/06/14 04:35 PM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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Hard bench for piano players who just had their piles surgically removed eek
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#2242445 - 03/06/14 11:20 PM Re: Soft bench or Hard? [Re: peterws]
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I really prefer a soft bench, although when I'm teaching I'm always moving around (I can't sit still sometimes!), cos after a long day of lessons it does hurt on a hard bench.
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