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#2527626 - 09/15/13 08:29 AM Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards
counterpoint Offline
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For gigging, I have a On-stage bench but I not happy with it. It doesn't go up high enough and at the highest setting, which is still too low, it is unstable. Recently, I've been using a 30" wooden stool from our kitchen instead...but the seat is, of course, a little hard. I like a higher playing position because I seem to get lees fatigue in my arms and back. I also like standing up to play for about 25% of the time...especially when I'm playing my top tier keyboard and it's just easier to get to that position when you are starting higher up (I getting to be an old man). Anyone have any recommendations for a good seat for me? I would like something collapsible and light weight too for easier transport. Thanks!

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#2527632 - 09/15/13 08:44 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: counterpoint]
Josh Paxton Offline
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Check out the Ultimate Support JS-LB100 bench. I had the same problems as you, and it solved them, though it's not the lightest bench you'll find (13 pounds).

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#2527652 - 09/15/13 09:23 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Josh Paxton]
Michael Wright Offline
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I use a Roc n Soc throne when gigging. The hydraulics let me make fast height adjustments if I want support sitting for either tier. I believe a backrest is an option also. I just measured mine however it only will go up to 24 1/2 in.. http://rocnsoc.com/new/product-line/nitro-throne


Edited by Michael Wright (09/15/13 09:25 AM)
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#2527658 - 09/15/13 09:44 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Michael Wright]
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I use this one I think. It was the bench with the highest travel I could find. FunkyKeyStuff used the same bench i believe. He modified his and added additional height.

https://m.musiciansfriend.com/accessorie...source=3SOSWXXA



Edited by CEB (09/15/13 09:47 AM)
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#2527659 - 09/15/13 09:48 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: CEB]
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PS. Oops. I did see Funky key had posted. I thinks it was FKS who used some lumber to get added height.
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#2527662 - 09/15/13 10:04 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: CEB]
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I use a DW drum throne. It's heavy but very comfortable.

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#2527692 - 09/15/13 11:52 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Moon Zero Two]
Josh Paxton Offline
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CEB, you're right on both counts. I used the modified Proline bench until I found the US one. The latter is far better for sitting up high.

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#2527694 - 09/15/13 11:55 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Josh Paxton]
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Thanks for the tip because my PL is approaching it end of life.
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#2527711 - 09/15/13 02:27 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: CEB]
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I've been using a chrome chair/stool thing we bought for giving my kids haircuts. It goes higher than I need (to just about standing height and I'm 6'3") and is super stable. It has a very wide and almost square padded seat. Downside it is pretty heavy and doesn't fold up at all.

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#2527713 - 09/15/13 02:38 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Stokely]
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Hmmm... most traditional keyboard benches will not go to the 30" height you're looking for.
I love this Quik Lok bench (BZ-7) that I got on sale for $30. It's more money than that now, and it only goes up to 25" or so.
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#2527728 - 09/15/13 03:50 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: counterpoint]
counterpoint Offline
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Thanks everyone for the feedback! Did some additional research and decided to get the Ron N Soc Tower stool (the 26" version) from GC. It's not collapsible but it looks very comfortable and stable.

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#2527729 - 09/15/13 04:06 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: counterpoint]
David Loving Offline
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What's wrong with the stool?
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#2527741 - 09/15/13 05:52 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: David Loving]
Halluxone Offline
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Roc n Soc drum throne with backrest here...benches can't bounce with you and rotate wildly when all synapses are firing. Just sayin....


Edited by Halluxone (09/15/13 05:53 PM)
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#2527942 - 09/16/13 01:52 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Halluxone]
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I've used a Gibralter and those basic OnStage type benches for years, but at NAMM, I thought these seats from MEY were pretty awesome.

http://www.meyamerica.com/
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#2527944 - 09/16/13 01:58 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Steve Nathan]
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Oh those things have wheels. I can easily see myself do something stupid and accidentally roll myself off the edge of stage right and break my neck. Darwin award here I come LOL!


Edited by CEB (09/16/13 02:39 PM)
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#2527952 - 09/16/13 02:17 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: CEB]
Stokely Offline
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Hah that's what I said when our drummer said "I'll build you a riser" after I complemented him on his. His riser is definitely a cool bit of engineering, and I'm sure he'd build me something great . But I have enough trouble maintaining my position on solid ground.

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#2528034 - 09/16/13 06:15 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Halluxone]
ShadowMan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Halluxone
Roc n Soc drum throne with backrest here...benches can't bounce with you and rotate wildly when all synapses are firing. Just sayin....


+1 on the Roc-N-Soc with backrest. Best money I ever spent!

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#2528044 - 09/16/13 07:22 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: ShadowMan]
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I've always stood. But in my early days I had a stool that was "standing height". It was just a bar stool. I couldn't really find a pic. They were dirt cheap everywhere back in the 80s and 90s. Looked kind of like this:


But the top was more like this:



Definitely too high for any typical "sitting"...kind of high for standing...I mean it puts you about in the same position as standing except harder to reach the pedals.
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#2961979 - 12/09/18 05:05 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: J. Dan]
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Sorry for the bump but interested in people's go-to seats / stools nowadays?
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#2961983 - 12/09/18 05:34 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: nursers]
Michael Wright Offline
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Roc n Soc Nitro with a round seat. K&M 14080 at home.
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#2961985 - 12/09/18 06:09 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Michael Wright]
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Gonna try a rock n soc, but for now itís a DW drum throne. Last night I was twisting around on it, left to right, and it felt great.

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#2962065 - 12/09/18 07:07 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Jazzooo]
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I use this Keyboard throne and am happy with it, even without the backrest. I can easily sit for an hour without squirming, and itís rock stable. cool
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#2962105 - 12/10/18 03:41 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Bucktunes]
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Thanks for that - have ordered a Roc n Soc Nitro - looking forward to it thu
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#2962134 - 12/10/18 08:12 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: nursers]
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I know people swear by the Roc N Soc Nitro so I might get one at some point.
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#2962142 - 12/10/18 09:22 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Outkaster]
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I use a Gibraltar drum throne. Adjustable "threaded pole" height, no backrest, velvet-cloth fabric. Heavy and built like a tank.

I would never go with Piano Benches with the x-stand style support. They become very unstable at the max height. I almost fell over when using one at band practice, when reaching over to make a mixer adjustment.

3-leg drum thrones are way more stable than x-style benches, and they are way better for L-shape keyboard rigs because you get to adjust yourself 90į easily.
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#2962154 - 12/10/18 10:41 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: synthizen2]
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For years I've been using whatever chair I found in the particular venue we play in. Each one of them has a different height, some are nice some are too low, rarely are they too high. I did this because it is one less thing to pack and carry. Lately I've been using an old drum seat I had in my basement. It is adjusted at a good height and is consistent gig to gig. The only negative is that it doesn't have a back support so my back tires easily without the support. I've been actively looking for a back support that I can add to the existing seat that doesn't cost alot and doesn't weigh alot. The rock N Soc looks as though it might be able to be screwed directly onto the bottom of my existing seat. I might check that out.
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#2962253 - 12/10/18 06:23 PM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Delaware Dave]
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Yamaha ds950. Wide stable and comfortable.
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#2962323 - 12/11/18 08:25 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Michael Wright]
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Originally Posted By: Michael Wright
Roc n Soc Nitro with a round seat. K&M 14080 at home.


I got a Roc N Soc Nitro too, I really like it but wish I got the round set. The "saddle seat" gets out of position when I go to a standing position and it makes it a bit awkward to sit down again.

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#2962339 - 12/11/18 09:48 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: montunoman]
Michael Wright Offline
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Originally Posted By: montunoman
Originally Posted By: Michael Wright
Roc n Soc Nitro with a round seat. K&M 14080 at home.


I got a Roc N Soc Nitro too, I really like it but wish I got the round set. The "saddle seat" gets out of position when I go to a standing position and it makes it a bit awkward to sit down again.
I had the saddle seat, but ordered a replacement round one for just that reason.
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#2962343 - 12/11/18 10:17 AM Re: Gigging bench/seat/throne for Keyboards [Re: Michael Wright]
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Yes, learn from our mistakes! Other than that itís a wonderful seat! Iíll be ordering the round replacement seat too.

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