Just wondering what most of you find to be comfortable to sit on while playing? I currently use a folding chair that is upholstered on the seat and sometimes a small cushion on top of that when I play my lever harp. Seems a good high and allows for good posture but is it ok ergonomically? What do others use at home–not for performances, etc.?
With or without the backrest:
I have this problem too with a very exspensive recital bench! It didn’t start doing this until it was about 4 years old, and can be heard when I engage the C, F, and G pedals. I do need to have it recovered as the leather top is a little (ahem) tattered from setting the vacuum cleaner on it. Lesson learned. I’ll try to remember to keep you informed if I can find a way to stop the squeeking. Perhaps the company that recovers the bench can figure it out (they reappolster gym aquiptment so I hope they can help with this too).
The bench where I have my lessons (local university) is a nice-looking wooden adjustable harp bench from L&H. It is a wreck, and I think it’s only about 2 years old, if that. It hasn’t gotten that much use either. All squeaky and wobbly, and everytime I sit down on it, I have to tighten the screws. That seems wrong, somehow.
Squeaks come from something rubbing against something else. The legs may be loose or the adjustment mechanism may need lubricating. Try tightening the screws or bolts that hold the legs to the seat, if possible.
Many of the upholstered cushions come off if you remove their fastening screws (which may also be loose and squeaking) so that you can recover the cushion with fabric or synthetic “leatherette” or “naugahyde” in the color of your choice.
With the X-shaped keyboard benches, all you can do is try tightening any screws or bolts except the one where the legs cross. You can also try some grease at that point, but you don’t want to get that on your clothes or hands when you’re moving it, and there’s only so much you can do when it’s metal on metal causing the noise.
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