Consuelo Clarke. Benches. January 25th , 2018.
The piano bench industry grew from the desire of piano manufacturing companies to focus solely on the manufacturing of pianos. The bench was, for the most part, an afterthought. Many bench companies got their start in the early 1900s by contracting with the piano manufacturers to offer benches in multiple styles that would match the exact finish and leg style of the piano being bought and sold. As the piano would move from owner to owner the bench would not always make the trip, creating a need for the replacement bench manufacturer. The other primary reason for the piano bench manufacturers existence is the fact that the piano bench is typically handled very roughly by many teachers and students alike. The constant movement and scraping against the floor as the bench is pushed in and out leads to excessive nicks, wear and tear on the bench. Proud musicians like their equipment to standout and a scraped piano bench is something that can be easily replaced and made to look like new again. Several options to consider when purchasing a new piano bench are listed below.
Wood Finishes. Piano bench manufacturers offer a wood finish to match any finish provided by the piano manufacturer. It is very easy to get an exact match as long as you review the choices you are offered. When choosing a bench to match a mahogany piano you will need to bear in mind that there might be four shades of mahogany available from the bench manufacturer and you should select accordingly. Most bench manufacturers will offer a dark mahogany, medium mahogany (also called cherry), a brown mahogany, and a Steinway mahogany (they are popular enough and just a slight shade different that they have a shade named after the piano). Most finishes will come in a high gloss offering as well, though it will likely cost a little more money to get it. If your piano is a high gloss piano, such as a grand piano likely has, you should match it.
There is another inexpensive version. The Bowflex Selectech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1 is almost as versatile but is quite a bit cheaper. Both models carry a 15 year guarantee, so if you make the decision to go down the weight bench route to fitness you wont find better value weight benches. Paul Rickett is a 58 year old Health and Fitness fanatic who enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge on both these vitally important topics. Over the years he has helped thousands of people to achieve their health and fitness goals.
Last of all we have the incline bench which is quite similar in appearance to the flat bench, except that it is slightly raised. Generally the incline bench is adjustable so that the person using it can set the appropriate incline for the exercise they are performing. This function permits the user to zero in on very specific muscles. Each of the different types of workout bench has its positives and negatives. Which is precisely the reason why a workout bench that can easily and quickly adjust to all four positions is the optimum bench to own. One such bench is the Bowflex Selectech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1. This model is one of the most sought after workout benches on sale at the present time. This is probably because it is such a very versatile bench. It has no less than four incline positions, a 17 degree decline setting for performing sit ups, as well as the normal flat position.
Piano Bench Tops. The most common type of piano bench top is the hardwood bench top. Most have an optional model available with a music storage compartment that is very handy for sheet music or other music accessories (my kids will hide things in our bench all the time). Fancier and more expensive seat tops will be upholstered in fabric or even leather. Most bench manufacturers have lots of fabric choices to select from and they can be made to match your interior décor without issue. Vinyl is a nice substitute for real leather if budget is a concern. I personally like the fabric seat over a leather or vinyl seat top because of the capability of the fabric to breathe.
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