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Good folding bass stools?

Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by Snufkin, Jul 12, 2017.


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  1. Snufkin

    Snufkin

    Dec 26, 2013
    What works, and what doesn't?
     
  2. tmntfan

    tmntfan

    Oct 6, 2011
    Edmonton canada
    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.
     
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  3. BobKay

    BobKay Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Estero, Florida; USA
    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.
     
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  4. rickwolff

    rickwolff ..Gear & Tone Junkie.. My Ignorance is Bliss. Supporting Member

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  5. misterbadger

    misterbadger Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern California
    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.
     
  6. rickwolff

    rickwolff ..Gear & Tone Junkie.. My Ignorance is Bliss. Supporting Member

    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.
     
  7. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    That does look like the ticket for anyone who is running from place to place.
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2017
  8. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
  9. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
  10. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
     
  11. Maple

    Maple Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    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.
     
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  12. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    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!
     
  13. LouisF

    LouisF Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    It took me about a year of gradually transitioning, to get used to balance, bow placement, shifting, but I think it's worth it.
     
  14. Thooom

    Thooom

    Apr 18, 2010
    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.
     
  15. BobKay

    BobKay Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Estero, Florida; USA
    That never happened to me. I weigh 220 lbs.
     
  16. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    :)
     
  17. SteveCS

    SteveCS

    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    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...
     
  18. Les Fret

    Les Fret

    Sep 9, 2009
    Have that one too. Sits great but it squeaks a lot. Therefore it is not suitable for recording or symphony orchestra's.......
     
  19. Thooom

    Thooom

    Apr 18, 2010
    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.
     

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