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Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by Snufkin, Jul 12, 2017.
What works, and what doesn't?
tried some from IKEA, Walmart, and a sorta better one from home depot.
I've found the best is a regular wooden one that doesn't fold. takes up a bit more space but is more stable during the gig, holds up better during transit, and is more useful for load in/out.
Im toying with the idea of getting this: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Slat-Back-Folding-30-Bronze-Barstool-Multiple-Colors/15914803
I have one of each of these:
Professional Folding Performance Chair / Stool for Upright Bass at Gollihur Music - Double Bass, Upright Bass, String Bass Specialists
Lightweight Folding Performance Chair / Stool for Upright Bass at Gollihur Music - Double Bass, Upright Bass, String Bass Specialists
The more expensive one is significantly more comfortable, but that comes at a price: higher cost and a lot heavier. But both fold and are easy to put in the car. I had the lightweight one for several years before springing for the other one. Started to have problems with my butt falling asleep, especially after a couple of hours with no break.
I have and use that one and like it VERY much. Light, comfortable,folds flat, cheap.
K&M. I couldn't be happier, and the pain of the initial expense has long faded from memory. Several of my music friends 86'd their cheapie stools and bought K&Ms after trying mine. YMMV.
I also have one of these in my home: Quik-Lok DX-749 Height Adjustable Musicians Stool with Adjustable Footrest and Backrest | SamAsh
5X as expensive, probably at least 3x as heavy. It's very comfortable but the ONLY time it has left the house is for orchestra concerts. I have found that when my back gets tired during a long concert I can alter the height of the seat or the backrest (or the footrest) with a simple click and the change of position gives my back relief.
For gigs however, I wouldn't trade my little folding Walmart stool for anything else I have seen, and I have used a number of them.
That does look like the ticket for anyone who is running from place to place.
For those of us in the low stool club, there's this: (sorry, I don't know why the link is so long)
I was looking at these at Walmart a few days ago and they are WAY to short. The 30" is definitely more reasonable, but the price is right. I believe they sell the 30" version of this stool.
I - and several of my colleagues - use the 24 inch stool. Peg all the way in. Both feet on the floor (or left leg on a yoga block or guitar footstool). Recommended by several Alexander teachers. Better balance and almost no weight on the left arm/hand... Try it, you'll like it.
I use one similar to the Gollihur light weight chair one that I found on amazon. it gets uncomfortable after a couple hours. but I do like that it's easy to adjust with one hand. I use mine for practice at home and am often reaching for it when I have a bass in hand already. and between double and electric basses, I'm often moving the seat up or down. I have taken it to several sessions and found it pretty easy to pack and haul.
I stand corrected (or sit, and just a little bit higher on my 30" stool).
I'll give that a try sometime. Thanks for the tip!
It took me about a year of gradually transitioning, to get used to balance, bow placement, shifting, but I think it's worth it.
I don't know about the more expensive one, but I ended up buying the cheaper one through Amazon. The manufacturer is Vestil, model CPRO-800LP. It's now $130 (was $95 a year ago!!!) through Amazon, but it sucks. It is light and easy to set up. But although it's rated to handle 250 pounds, I found the seat would slowly slip down from its initial height during rehearsal, needing regular re-seating. I'm about 190 pounds, so this should not be happening. I think the design (rubber rollers or rings) is flawed and the rubber parts will need refurbishing/replacing as time goes on.
tmntfan has it right: the good ol non-foldable barstool is still the dependable standard. I went back to it.
That never happened to me. I weigh 220 lbs.
One of the bass players in my daughter's orchestra uses an ironing stool! Not sure how it would stand the rigours of the more hefty among us, but they are out there and probably at a fraction of the cost of essentially the same thing from a specialist music stockist...
Have that one too. Sits great but it squeaks a lot. Therefore it is not suitable for recording or symphony orchestra's.......
I stand up (and sit back down) frequently during a rehearsal/gig to keep my leg from falling asleep. Must've been my moving around that caused the sinking seat. That's not acceptable to me.