Looking for an adjustable piano bench

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said: Jun 11, 2008
 4 posts

Any ideas where I can get a piano bench that adjusts for height for my two young children?

Melissa

Laura said: Jun 27, 2008
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
358 posts

How about this one?
http://www.cpsimports.com/Adjustable_Piano_Chair.html

It looks to be adjustable enough for young children, with the small blades that squeeze together (with a safety latch). I’ve seen several Suzuki programs use this type. I personally would prefer it without a back (leaning back should never be an option in piano!), but perhaps it’s safer for young children.

Some other models I’ve seen take too long time to adjust (you have to turn the round knobs at the sides for a long time), or there aren’t enough positions.

Connie Sunday said: Jun 28, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

FWIW, I use pillows: a flat one for the chair, and one or two for the feet, on top of the pedals. This seems to work pretty well.

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Jodi Stewart said: May 13, 2012
 Guitar
2 posts

This is an old thread but perhaps new parents are on so I will post anyhow. Yoga mats work well because the children don’t slide off them. I just ordered an adjustable bench with the knobs, and while this takes forever and is not great for little ones, I needed the size for duets. I have also seen a special platform that a parent built that the piano bench sits on—it was very sturdy and the child could sit comfortable on the bench.

Laura said: Jul 30, 2012
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Palm City, FL
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Lori Bolt said: Jul 31, 2012
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
229 posts

Check www.young-musicians. com

As a teacher, I recommend the scissor mechanism for adjusting the bench as it is easier to use than the knobs. I do not recommend a chair style as students tend to want to lean back into it, and I feel they need to learn to sit forward on the bench (I recently heard this view point reinforced by a Suzuki teacher trainer at Institute).

An inexpensive temporary solution is to use carpet samples stacked on the bench.
Definitely go for the bench if you can….

Lori Bolt

William said: Aug 29, 2012
 3 posts

This bench works perfectly for my 4.5 yr old daughter to get her into right height & posture at the piano. It has many height increments, easily adjusted with spring-loaded pinch mechanism and easily fold away/setup without much fuss at all. If you do get this bench do note it’s much easier to do the height adjustment or fold/unfold with the bench up side down.

http://www.amazon.com/Stage-KT7800-Plus-Keyboard-Bench/dp/B000GUR8V8/ref=zg_bs_11966001_2

Andy Whittington said: Oct 8, 2012
Andy WhittingtonPiano
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