Looking for a good practice seat / barstool

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by ThingsAbove, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. I've used an armless rocking chair that was originally built for sitting with an acoustic guitar since 1992. It leans forward a bit making it uncomfortable to just sit and rock in without holding an instrument but it's thoroughly worn out now (the seat is saggy), I'm certain it's not due to the extra weight I've accumulated in the intervening years.

    Anyway, I find that I spend most of my practice time standing with a strap now and I want to find a new practice "seat". I'm thinking a barstool would suit me better to lessen the difference in how the instrument is held when practicing versus performing. If I sit in a normal armless chair with my bass my plucking hand is uncomfortably bent due to the height of the instrument, so I think a stool would be better but I've not tried that. I don't need it to be portable as I always stand with a strap while gigging... just want to save my back a bit in my practice space.

    So... what have your found that you like. I know everybody is a different shape.

    I'm shorter than I used to be (5'10"ish if I stand up straight) so nothing monstrously tall. I am a bit concerned that I might fall off a stool because sometimes when I practice scales I about fall asleep and catch myself almost teetering over. Maybe a barstool with a wrestling mat underneath :)
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  2. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    I use and really like a drum throne, which can be height-adjusted for some variety. Mine's the Roc 'n Soc, and it's very very comfortable. You can add a back rest for lumbar support. Great throne.
  3. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Get a wood bar stool, with or without a back. Just about any of the home goods stores carry them.
  4. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    I also use RocNSoc (with backrest). 5'10" and 69 y.o.
  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    if i'm not sure a venue can provide a decent bar stool i take a drum throne that i've had for years (adjustable height, swivels, yada yada). i also use it for practicing and rehearsals. mine may have cost $60--$70 twenty years ago but i bought it specifically because it adjusted high enough to compare to the average bar stool.

    i voted "drum throne." good luck! :thumbsup:
  6. What drum throne max height works for you? I want my bass to hang on the strap rather than sit in my lap.
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  7. Howardzark


    Nov 11, 2020
    I have back injuries which prevent me from standing to play. I use a drum throne, approximately chair height. If I want my bass to hang, I must shift it to the side. Otherwise, sitting position mandates the bass will sit on one leg. Simple ergonomics.
  8. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central New Jersey
    I have a small stool I pulled out of the dumpster of an elementary school.

    Adjustable legs.

    I set it around 24” high.

    Like the cool padded ones at Guitar Center.

    Works fine to take some pressure off the legs during practice.
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Oddly enough, I like a padded piano bench up against a wall in case I feel like leaning back. I ordered the fingers girls a digital piano last year. The original bench came with a small crack in it. Sweetwater rushed me TWO more overnight to make it right. (It was three days before Christmas and Santa was bringing the piano.) I called them to tell them they had made a mistake. They said "Please keep all three benches and let us know if you need anything else."

    Now I have two in my jam room. One has a tiny crack. :D

    It's kind of hard to see in this grainy pic my singer snapped a while back at a rare rehearsal. My tuner pedal is sitting beside me on the bench.

    Pardon the mess. After she sent me this pic, I spent the next morning cleaning up in there. :wacky:
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  10. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    The logistics of this are kind of strange. I get what you want, however it will be awkward. Sitting in any position won't allow the bass to hang in front of you in any practical way. At some point it will come in contact with your thigh. Or you're going to have to let the bass hang more to the side in a quite unnatural position, which will have you twisting your torso to one side or the other. You could try a taller stool but to get what you want you're just going to end being straight-legged, leaning against the stool. Might as well just stand.
  11. Ditto the drummers throne, BUT after sitting for a while, a good barstool (the right height AND rung placement, if
    you plan to actually sit on it, is critical) is a nice relief. Try both. I’m short and a correctly sized bar stool is hard to find, so try to find a real brick and mortar that actually stocks them. I wasted money on 3 different heights, before I went shopping with my legs, back and butt attached for a proper audition!
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  12. I had a "duh" moment. I wfh for a software company and have had a HAG Capisco chair at home for a few years now. I don't know why I didn't think of using it, as it will adjust to heights that I can't eve reach without a step stool. It works great.

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  13. LastJaguar


    Oct 10, 2019
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  14. Splash7

    Splash7 The Determined Bass Player

    Sep 18, 2019
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  15. Splash7

    Splash7 The Determined Bass Player

    Sep 18, 2019
    Here is a photo of mine. 100_0764.JPG

    I have attached a headphone amp, compressor pedal and headphones to the back.
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  17. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Another vote for Roc-N-Soc. I have an extra tall Hugger with a back rest.
  18. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    When doing our kitchen the chairs we preferred had to be purchased in 4's, and we only needed 3.

    Found the 4th to be a perfect bass studio chair.
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  19. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Is this for practice at home or on the gig?

    At home, I use a basic office chair without the arms.

    If I'm doing a 4-hour gig (with 3 long sets), I'll take a Roc n Soc drum throne. Very comfortable. I rarely sit down for more than 1-2 songs, then I prefer to stand. My old back just needs a short break from standing on a slow song that comes along.

    On a 90-minute or 2-hour show, I'm usually fine to play the whole show standing up.
  20. marchone

    marchone Since 1951 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
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