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Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by toman, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. I'm looking for a new stool option; something other than the standard wood barstool. I need something that's lightweight and portable, but fairly stable. Something collapsable would be handy. And it needs to be comfortable for those super long symphony rehersals. I'm tired of walking like a cowboy after sitting on one of those old school wood things for a few hours!! Have any of you guys made your own somehow? Tell me about what you use, because I know there has to be something thats practical, affordable and better than these horrible barstools!!
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    How about this?


    Available with a pad for your behind :D and it doubles as a stand. We've got one for work, and it collapses to go on the road. They guy who uses it loves it - I stand.....
  3. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    Since entering training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique, it is my observation that many bassists who use stools use themselves dysfunctionally. I switched to playing standing years ago. I will bring a stool to rehearsal, but I only use it to briefly rest during the countless stops and starts.
    I've seen some ads in the past. I'll try to dig one up.
  4. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    some drum style stools can get high enough for your purposes. Gibraltar has one such stool. There are also Roc-n-soc seats that work well. And a good padded barstool would work. Gibson used to sell 'em.
  5. Cool, thanks for the replys guys. The stool/ stand thing is a cool idea, but it seems like it'd be tough (heavy) to pack to the gig. I really need something light and portable.

    As far as the technique goes... I'm pretty well aware of the pros and cons. I have some minor problems with my back, and that makes either sitting or standing all the way through a long rehersal a bit difficult. I usually stand when I'm playing solo or practicing, and sit during long symphony rehersals and gigs or if I'm going to be practicing for an extended period of time. I also find that standing helps produce better tone and technique a lot of the time, but sitting can be better if I'm trying to focus on really getting some music learned, or working out some tough excerpts etc.

    Anyway, I'm thinking about trying to make a stool out of some thin wall steel tube; probably 1-1.5 inch diameter. Anybody had experience bending this stuff? I was thinking about heating it with a torch and bending it slowly around a wood cylinder to create the right radius. Either that or I suppose I could just cut it and weld everything, but that might add more weight, too. And I'm not a very good welder... ;)
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    you can get a pipe bender from a major hardware store. They will work better than a wooden rod.
  7. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    The stool I posted a picture of above is quite light / portable, if you're keeping score....
  8. really? Whats it made of? It looks to me like some sort of low density fiberboard... not exactly light suff in my experience. Do you have a rough estimate of what it weighs? Also, is there any provision for a foot rest?
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Well, now that I look at it, it might not be exactly the same one - ours has a foot rest. But I recently me the guy who makes this one, and I bet if you call him, he'd make one with a foot rest.
  10. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    I have a little experience with bicycle tubing.
    Typically the tubing will collapse unless you support the inside of the tube. And heating to the plastic state will draw the temper. I'd make a square frame and *braze*, not weld, the tubes.
  11. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas

    It is wheat straw fiberboard, according to the website.

  12. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    There's also the Quiklok D739 musician's stool, which was discussed here awhile back. A guitarist friend has one that she really likes.
  13. I have a decent folding stool from Ikea, their 'Dennis' model, item #16553. 1" diameter steel tube, wood seat, very low backrest. It's a bit of a problem for me as the seat is 29" from the floor. I'm 6'3" with a 36" inseam, so my right knee gets in the way of the bow when playing the E string. If you're shorter, it might work for you. I use the basic wooden bar stool mostly.
    I would advise you against trying to fabricate your own. You want thin wall tubing for light weight, and you won't have ANY luck trying to bend thin wall tube at home.
    I used to stand all the time, now I practice and play with the band sitting. Sometimes wish I wasn't in the habit- it's one more thing to drag around, and the attitude of the bass to my body is different enough between sitting and standing that it throws me off my game a bit to stand- I have to think more about balancing it, my intonation gets a bit more funky at times. If you can stand standing, stand. (?)
  14. Hey thanks for the replys folks, some interesting stuff here.
  15. Realmusician


    Jul 19, 2003
    Not quite sure why you need a stool unless you use a German bow --- If youre using a French bow you get a better angle on the strings if you stand--
  16. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001

    Hour after hour, night after night, years on end. until you f***in' die.

    Not that I'm complaining.
  17. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY


    I'd be curious to find out what a high drum throne would be like, especially one with a backrest.
  18. You mean people actually use french bows? :eek: :spit:
  19. poalf


    Feb 27, 2003
    Phoenix, Az
    I have the seat sold by Hammond Ashley (URL above): I'm pleased with it. Light, stable and versatile. Could maybe be touch taller.... or I could make the end pin shorter.

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