Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

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Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby Krokmou » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:14 pm

Hello,

I'm getting tired to play on my sofa, it is not confortable and I c'ant play at my maximum potential.
I'm looking to buy a chair to play classical guitar.

My criteria are :
1. Confortable
2. Minimize the risk to damage the guitare
3. Aesthetic
4. Affordable

What chair would be the best according to you among these ones :
chaise-lounge-bois-blackwood - 143 euros.jpg

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Harlem 129 euros.jpg


Feel free to talk about your experience with other chair.

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Postby Lovemyguitar » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:43 pm

You want something stable, preferably a flat seat (you don't want the front of the seat higher than the middle -- that puts pressure on the underside of your leg(s)), no arms (on the chair), and potentially with low-back support. The first one might work, the second and third probably fail those criteria, and the fourth doesn't look too comfortable, but it might be okay (unless it is too high -- it looks very high). Can you try these chairs out, sit on them with your guitar (or in guitar position), to see how they feel, before buying one?

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Postby JohnB » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:51 pm

I use a (padded) piano stool. Not as portable as a chair but comfortable, very stable indeed, and they have a good flat sitting area. Admittedly, piano stools will never be thought of as the height of aesthetic design.
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Postby Jack Douglas » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:53 pm

There are better commercial choices of chairs made especially for classical guitar. Just do a search for classical guitar chairs. The ones made for classical guitar will be the correct height which is not the same height as a normal chair. And the seat shape is somewhat different than a standard chair. If I were you I would continue your search.
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Postby Krokmou » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:08 pm

Jack Douglas wrote:There are better commercial choices of chairs made especially for classical guitar. Just do a search for classical guitar chairs. The ones made for classical guitar will be the correct height which is not the same height as a normal chair. And the seat shape is somewhat different than a standard chair. If I were you I would continue your search.


Hello,

I only found two option of chair dedicated to classical guitar, and both were fairly expensive.
Sonus guitar chair is more than 2K and the original guitar chair more than 400.

Do you have any other options in mind ?

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Postby eyedoc » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:10 pm

Original Guitar Chair,
I have two and just ordered a 3rd. WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!!
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Postby souldier » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:11 pm

Don't forget to take into to account the HEIGHT of the chair. It is critical to finding the most ideal playing position. A chair that is adjustable could be advantageous in this regard.
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Postby Krokmou » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:11 pm

Lovemyguitar wrote:You want something stable, preferably a flat seat (you don't want the front of the seat higher than the middle -- that puts pressure on the underside of your leg(s)), no arms (on the chair), and potentially with low-back support. The first one might work, the second and third probably fail those criteria, and the fourth doesn't look too comfortable, but it might be okay (unless it is too high -- it looks very high). Can you try these chairs out, sit on them with your guitar (or in guitar position), to see how they feel, before buying one?


Hi,

Thank you for the advice. The second chair is flat and then going down following the curve of the leg that is why I thought it was a good option. (may be you mistaken the light reflecting as the hole in the chair).

I like the first one, the only thing missing is the low back support as you mentioned it is important.
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Postby Krokmou » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:14 pm

souldier wrote:Don't forget to take into to account the HEIGHT of the chair. It is critical to finding the most ideal playing position. A chair that is adjustable could be advantageous in this regard.


Thank you for the advice. Do you think a chair for playing should be high or low ? I usually cross my leg when I play, and don't use any footstep.
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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby JohnB » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:27 pm

Of the pics you posted only the second appears suitable, in that it is the only one not to have a seat that is raised towards the front, though the sitting area seems to be quite small on the second chair.

I still wouldn't dream of swapping my adjustable piano stool/bench for any of those chairs.

By the way, I'm not sure whether it would apply to classical guitarists but pianists tend sit towards the front of the piano stool, not in the middle.
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Postby souldier » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:31 pm

Krokmou wrote:Thank you for the advice. Do you think a chair for playing should be high or low ? I usually cross my leg when I play, and don't use any footstep.


It's not so much a matter of high or low, but about making sure your knees are bent at the right angle. Generally you'll want your knees bent at around a 90 degree angle so that your knee is not too low and not too high. You'll want your right shoulder to be able to rest comfortably on the guitar, which is dependent on how high the guitar is.

Do you play classical guitar? Is there a reason you don't like playing in the standard classical position?
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Postby Kjetil Heggelund » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:40 pm

IKEA, that's where I got mine. When I feel rich I'll get a piano stool :-)
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Postby hesson11 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:48 pm

I really don't like the looks of any of them, personally. You might try out an armless adjustable-height desk chair with the back removed and sit on it "backwards." This provides a slight downward slope which many find helpful. Having the height adjustment can also provide you with the right height for you and your guitars. You may even be able to find a cheap used one to see if this approach works for you. Search locally for used office furniture. I've used this approach and found it to work quite well.
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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby Jack Douglas » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:36 pm

Krokmou wrote:
Jack Douglas wrote:There are better commercial choices of chairs made especially for classical guitar. Just do a search for classical guitar chairs. The ones made for classical guitar will be the correct height which is not the same height as a normal chair. And the seat shape is somewhat different than a standard chair. If I were you I would continue your search.


Hello,

I only found two option of chair dedicated to classical guitar, and both were fairly expensive.
Sonus guitar chair is more than 2K and the original guitar chair more than 400.

Do you have any other options in mind ?

:merci:


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You can also buy used an adjustable piano stool that would be perfect, but not as easy to transport as the original guitar chair
Sorry, I didn't see that the original guitar chair is out of your budget. You can buy an adjustable piano stool for $50-$125.00 and you're set.

Good luck,
Jack
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Re: Buying a chair for playing : your vote !

Postby oski79 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:25 am

I have used a drummer's throne for years and swear by it.
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