One can’t help but be curious about the different kinds of piano benches around and of course, which one is the most appropriate. The vast number of preferences is as varied as their price, finish, style, and size, yet it’s these very characteristics that we use to select one over the other. The following offers a few considerations that you may want to think about before buying one of your own. After all, all good piano music comes from a comfortable player!
A lot of people find the cost of a piano bench the most significant factor. Generally the more expensive that a piano may be, the more expensive its seating should be. Putting functionality aside, this strategy of selecting one that’s appropriate is a matter of aesthetics and an attempt to match its overall quality to that of the instrument being played.
Sometimes this strategy is even used to match the environment in which the piano is being played. As an example, consider the symphony stage. An appropriate piano bench in this setting could be a duet concerto bench. This kind of seating sports a hand tufted leather top and it can be purchased somewhere around the 1,000 dollar range. On the other end of the spectrum, a smaller pad-less one is much more appropriate for recreational rooms or classroom school settings, and they’ll generally run around between 200 to 400 dollars each.
Keeping within the aesthetics of the piano, you’ll want its finish to match that of the accompanying piano. Different finishes will affect the costs of various benches, however they all seem to fall within the same range in which pianos are made. So that means you’ll have no trouble finding a black satin bench for your black satin piano.
There are three basic components of a piano bench’s design and each contributes to its own unique style. One of those components is the leg style.
In short (no pun intended), the leg style should match the leg style of the piano — a style which could be spade leg, classic straight leg, brass ferrule leg, Louis XIV legs, or even round leg. The most common leg style is the spade leg or classic straight leg style, however the legs of some benches may be interchanged with a different style so that you can achieve a certain look.
Another component that creates style is the top of the bench. The most common top is simple wood but an upholstered top is more comfortable, especially for those long concertos. For benches that lack the upholstered comfort, you can later add one of various cushions and designs starting at about 60 dollars.
An adjustable bench is a style that allows a musician to fine-tune its height from the floor and the performer’s posture at the same time. Since posture tends to influence playing ability, both professionals and instructors recommend this kind of seating (although it can carry a hefty 500 to 800 dollar price tag).
The size can influence preference as well and its length is what determines that size. The average piano bench is no more than 30 inches in length while longer ones (about thirty-five inches) are the better choice for two people who will play the piano together in a duet.