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Stools-- (the kind you sit on)

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by drurb, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I've just recently moved from the standard 29" barstool that I used for years to a smaller 24" stool that looks like 796995010604.jpg .

    I was amazed the first time I sat on it at how comfortable it was and how it aligned my spine so much better than the taller stool. I liked it so much I got one to carry to gigs and one to keep at home to practice with.
  2. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard Commercial User

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Black Dog Bass Works
    Is this the one?


    I bought one and love it. It is heavy and awkward, but the height adjustment and backrest make it a good deal.
  3. I found that my right foot ought to be flat on the floor. Thus, the height of my stool seat ought to be, say, 2 inches lower than the inseam measurement of my pant leg -- which is 31" (inseam). So I adjust my stool height to 29 inches. I also have a left foot rung so I can balance the bass against my left knee. The bass must be free to turn especially for by heavy 5 string Prescott, even if it requires standing erect instead of remaining seated. Here below are photos of my expensive, but incredibly sturdy, German stool, but other stoos not exceeding 29 inches will do nicely as well. -- Don Carrigan
  4. If comfort and function is your priority you might look at this. It is adjustable up to 33 or so inches. I have used one for the last several years. The downside is that it is pretty heavy if you have to carry it a long way.
  5. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    i've got that one. it used to be called axman. it's very well constructed and solid. been using it for about 5 years now. its just alittle heavy though, so i leave it home and use it for my long practice sessions (very comfy) and take a regular wooden bar stool to the gig because it's lighter and i wont be on it for as many hours as i am at home, so thats where i want the comfy one.
  6. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
  7. ogrossman


    May 20, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
  8. +1

    folds flat, light but sturdy and easy to gig with.

    plus, at under 20 bucks you don't mind if it gets destroyed.
  9. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Interesting note about the inseam. I seem (seam?) to be on the right track as 2" shorter than my inseam would be the 31" or so that I was seeking.

    Thanks to all of you for chiming in with your replies. Much appreciated! :)
  10. mlz77096


    Oct 16, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Regarding the Ikea Franklin stool. I went to look at them last night and couldn't figure out how they would fold. The way the store had them together, I'd have to remove screws to get the thing flat. Is that just the store to keep people from playing with it? If it folds regularly, I'm off to get one. I figure a cushion tied to it will make it comfortable for a day's worth of jamming. I have to have a folding one due to space limitations in the car. And I surely don't need anything too heavy.
  11. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    I wish I could play on a short stool. I used to sit nice and low like that because it made me back feel great. Unfortunately, while bowing the extreme angle the bass had to be at caused my arm to be almost parallel to the floor. I ended up getting a huge knot in my shoulder blade that was cutting off circulation in my upper right back. Fortunately, I use the adjustable roc n soc stool so I just raised back up to about 28".
  12. jgbass

    jgbass Guest

    Dec 17, 2003
    I have gone with the Lemur stool because it folds and it is light. Right now I have one of those cushions with elastic backing that fits fairly well over the cushion. Its great because it can be taken off when the seat is folded. Not sure where I bought it, but they are around, and the the elastic around the edges secures it in place on the stool.

    I went to a sewing shop and bought the best possible high quality foam. Not cheap, but great stuff, and you do not need much. Someone I know is in the process of making a cushion with a backing. It will then be ultra-comfortable, as well as all of the above.
  13. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    I use an industrial shop stool like this: http://ebayimages.goantiques.com/dbimages/WQU4598/WQU45984366.jpg . It has adjustable legs that will range from 24" to 32".

    I set the front legs an inch shorter so that the seat is on an angle. This keeps my back straighter and throws more of my body weight into my arm.

    I made a cushion with some black cloth and my sewing machine. The stuffing of the cushion is a 13" wide, round 3" memory foam insert. The memory foam makes all the difference in the world and highly recommend it.

    I also put some crutch tips on the metal feet so it doesn't make sounds or move around when playing.

    Orchesttra London has a set of these Concert Design stools with the cutaway seat: http://www.concertdesign.com/basso_gigmolto.html . They are quite comfortable, but I wouldn't buy one on my own.
  14. I, too, have adjusted those legs; shorter on the front, longer on the back. This has really made me a lot more comfortable. I can sit through long stretches (over an hour) without discomfort.
    I haven't been able to make mine quiet though. I still get squeaks and can't use it in a recording studio.
  15. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    These stools intrigue me. I've signed on to do a run of 'Damn Yankees' and i want a stool since I'll be going there straight from work most nights. How big are you Ogrossman? I'm 6ft 210 pounds and I'm curious how one of these would hold up.
  16. Pops


    Dec 8, 2007
    I occaisonaly use one of the Ikea stools and I think it works great. Im 6ft 4in 190 lbs and it has held up just fine. I put some rubber things on the feet so it doesnt slide. The only wear it has is the back two legs are bending a little bit nothing drastic.
  17. ouch!
  18. Matt Power

    Matt Power

    Jul 2, 2000
    Bryan, TX
    You may want to check out a throne that Pearl Percussion makes. It is a conductor's throne. It's a little bulky, but it is THE Mercedes of drum thrones. It's the D2000TC. It's super comfy! I use it when I'm playing timpani gigs, or conducting my Wind Ensemble, as well as playing DB.
  19. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Good to hear Pops. The big things that make that stool seem great is the whole small & portable while being cheap. I could take that with me on the subway without much trouble.

    all the best.
  20. cryfok


    May 28, 2008
    brooklyn, ny
    boy am i grateful that this thread was started, as i've had a question about a stool i saw a few months ago online.

    has anyone ever used this? http://www.doubletrolley.com/index.php

    i'm actually sort of surprised i've not seen anyone on here talk about this yet. to be sure, it's *extremely* expensive (i think it's in the $500 range), but i'm really heavily considering getting one, as it just seems perfect. i've been hoping one of the gurus here on the site has used one and can attest to its craftsmanship.

    for what it's worth, i am right now using the ikea franklin stool (29"), and i've got a few comments to share.

    1) for the price ($25ish), i feel it's worthwhile to consider. it folds flat, it's not too heavy, and it's aesthetically inoffensive.

    2) it's really bad for boneybutt.

    3) as is to be expected with a piece of hardware at this price, its craftsmanship is a bit shoddy. two of the four plastic pieces (shoes?) at the bottom of each foot have popped off, which doesn't render the stool unusable, but i thought was worth mentioning in this forum. additionally, i've noticed that the back legs are starting to bend just slightly.

    in and of themselves, for $25, i don't feel that the weaknesses i've listed herewith should act as deterrents for purchasing this stool. the way i figure it is that i'll probably have to replace mine in a year or so. compared to the double trolley (listed above), i can buy 20 of these stools and still be in the black.

    but man do i want one of those double trolleys.

    look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts.
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