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#949417 - 09/05/07 06:12 PM Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
WadeCottingham Offline
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Registered: 05/26/07
Posts: 32
Loc: Dallas, TX
Dear Many Wonderful Teachers Here,

Please tell me your best recommendation for an artist style (or other adjustable) piano bench for studio use. I teach around 70 students a week, many of the lessons are here in my studio.

I'd like to hear some tested recommendations from other studio teachers instead of just rushing to buy the first bench I see on-line, which I almost just did!

I've been using a $60 X frame, portable, easily adjustable bench, but it squeaks now and I need an artist style or other adjustable style bench that doesn't squeak, that will last for years, that is height-adjustable. What are the good names in artist benches? Who are the good vendors? What's your recommendation? Thanks!!!!

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#949418 - 09/05/07 08:59 PM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
John v.d.Brook Online   content
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Registered: 03/18/06
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Loc: Olympia, Washington, USA
Click on pianosupplies.com at the bottom of this page and then on piano benches. By all means, you want one which is adjustable.
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#949419 - 09/05/07 11:05 PM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
AZNpiano Offline
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Registered: 08/07/07
Posts: 5510
Loc: Orange County, CA
I've sat on dozens of different artist benches, and they all squeak after a while. You have to tighten the screws frequently, but even that doesn't solve all the squeaking problems.

I'd suggest getting the tallest adjustable benches possible. Most artist benches are too low. The one I bought was just right for me at the maximum height, but too low for my students, and I have to use boxes and yellowpages make the bench even higher. What a waste of my $500.
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#949420 - 09/06/07 12:58 AM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
John v.d.Brook Online   content
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 7393
Loc: Olympia, Washington, USA
I have two benches from this firm - both are excellent and have held up well. No squeaks.

http://www.burghardtbaenke.de/englisch/inhalte_englisch/inhalt_englisch.html

There may be a source here in the USA.
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#949421 - 09/06/07 12:40 PM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
Minaku Offline
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Registered: 07/26/07
Posts: 1226
Loc: Atlanta
Those benches, John - the duet one! It looks gorgeous. I wanted one as soon as I saw it, and a Beethoven chair too.

*looks into her empty wallet and sighs*
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#949422 - 09/06/07 01:50 PM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
dumdumdiddle Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 1265
Loc: California
I bought mine on Ebay for about $130 w/shipping. I know it's not the same brand as the more expensive bench but so far it's held up just fine and looks very nice in front of my baby grand. I just typed in 'artist bench' and came up with the following item:

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=artist+bench&category0=
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#949423 - 09/06/07 02:54 PM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
WadeCottingham Offline
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Registered: 05/26/07
Posts: 32
Loc: Dallas, TX
John, and everbody, Thank you for helping me!

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#949424 - 09/07/07 03:57 AM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
kritta Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 109
Loc: Maryland
I bought my Jansen artist bench from www.pianosupply.com. It has been holding up to much use over the past year and a half very well (being used by the smallest of children to the largest of adults). I can even raise and lower it while I am sitting on it. I am very pleased with it -- the only thing that I would improve would be to have leather-covered buttons (instead of painted ones, as the paint is scraping off).
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#949425 - 09/08/07 02:30 AM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
007Pianolady Offline
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Registered: 07/21/07
Posts: 41
If I had it to do over, I'd avoid a vinyl covered artist bench, mine split after 3 years of use. Leather should hold up better and may be worth the extra cost. I recovered the bench in upholstery fabric and it's been fine ever since.
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#949426 - 09/09/07 03:33 AM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
kritta Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 109
Loc: Maryland
I sprung for the leather -- every vinyl bench that I have ever used squeaks whenever I shift my weight (as well as cracking after a few years as bondpiano mentioned).
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#949427 - 09/09/07 02:22 PM Re: Please help me pick the best Piano Bench for my studio
Morodiene Offline
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Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 12043
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
The problem with the duet bench is if you have two different heights needed. The best thing to do is to have two artist's benches that you put sideways. But that's pretty expensive. Now, if I have to play a duet with a student, I'll just bring a stool over to the piano. The height's all wrong for me, but I can deal with it. For duet at a recital, I'll bring in my artist bench at home for them to use.
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