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Oct 1, 2020 - 6:29:04 AM
459 posts since 10/9/2017

We’re just about finished with the renovation of our play room into a combination pool and music room. I’m looking for a chair that will serve as both a workbench/desk chair and a playing chair. I was thinking about one of those “active sitting” stools that move slightly as you sit forcing core engagement, but I’m not sure how well that works when playing. Does anyone have experience with something like that? Or with a could combination desk/playing chair in general?

I’m a clawhammer and occasional 2/3-finger player, fwiw.

Oct 1, 2020 - 6:36:33 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24968 posts since 8/3/2003

I don't know what anyone else uses, but have a secretarial chair that I sit in. It has wheels and no arms, is adjustable up and down and has a back rest to support my back. It can be used as a chair for a workbench or desk or whatever you want to use it for. It doesn't do anything else and if I'm playing banjo, I don't want one that distracts from my concentration of the banjo.

Oct 1, 2020 - 6:41:24 AM
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2159 posts since 2/10/2013

I also use a small armless desk chair with wheels. I only use it when playing music. I prefer a larger more comfortable chair when doing other things.

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:01:39 AM
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Bill H

USA

1391 posts since 11/7/2010

I don't do wheels on a chair. I have had one roll out from under me backing into with a banjo. I prefer a chair that stays put and keeps me upright and straight.

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:09:21 AM
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211 posts since 4/10/2018

Like the folks above, I use an office chair. The wheels lock to prevent accidents. No arms especially since I play guitar. Mine comes from IKEA. The back adjusts as well.

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:35:02 AM

459 posts since 10/9/2017

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Originally posted by paco0909

Like the folks above, I use an office chair. The wheels lock to prevent accidents. No arms especially since I play guitar. Mine comes from IKEA. The back adjusts as well.


Which model?

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:22:36 AM
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211 posts since 4/10/2018

I think it was the Flintan or something like that. The tag is gone on the chair. I had one with a plastic seat that wore out and wasn't that comfy. This one has a cushion and a mesh back, in black. 5 wheels and might have cost around $160. There's a safety feature on the wheels that works pretty well. They have plenty of other options and it's best to go to the store if you can. I'm not that tall so the chair works fine, but someone who's big might not find it suitable. cb

Oct 1, 2020 - 9:09:38 AM
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10254 posts since 2/22/2007

I would not try to combine the instability of a core conditioning chair with playing banjo, no, not at all! Get your core workout somewhere else as you really don't want to fall off your chair holding your banjo.

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:28:53 AM
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I have been using a folding metal chair for over forty years. Usually they can be had for less than $15. Now I have one with a padded seat and back but that is as far as I have ventured. Like Bill Huntley mentioned, I don't want a chair moving under me when I sit down. With or without a banjo.

Edited by - Culloden on 10/01/2020 10:31:53

Oct 1, 2020 - 10:31:53 AM
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281 posts since 4/11/2019

If you really want to tighten the core, try sitting on one of those big blue exercise balls.

I had a former boss who sat on one at her desk.... most ridiculous looking thing ever.

Oct 1, 2020 - 11:17:54 AM
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1399 posts since 10/5/2006

How about a Pickin' Glider?

Oct 1, 2020 - 3:51:01 PM
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459 posts since 10/9/2017

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Originally posted by Knows Picker

If you really want to tighten the core, try sitting on one of those big blue exercise balls.

I had a former boss who sat on one at her desk.... most ridiculous looking thing ever.


Tried that. It's ok for typing. But it's no good for Zoom conferences: Try to lean back with your arms behind your head and suddenly your on somebody's TikTok blooper reel.

Oct 1, 2020 - 3:52:20 PM

459 posts since 10/9/2017

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Originally posted by Oldtwanger

How about a Pickin' Glider?


It's a possibility if I decide to have a separate chairs for picking and working.

Oct 2, 2020 - 10:27:16 AM

Kimerer

USA

949 posts since 2/17/2006

I have a PickNGlider as well. I really like the chair. 

Oct 5, 2020 - 4:42:17 PM

Alex Z

USA

3950 posts since 12/7/2006
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" I’m looking for a chair that will serve as both a [1] workbench/ [2] desk chair and a [3] playing chair."

If you have to meet all three requirements with one chair, might look into a drummer's chair (drummer's throne, as they call them) with a back.

These are designed to be very adjustable in height, and stable.  So you can go as high as a bar stool (but not as tippy) -- which would do for a workbench -- or medium as a desk chair, or low if you want a more stable lap, like a folding chair.

Many suggestions won't go high enough for a workbench.

If you want multiple chairs, there are plenty of ideas.  

No wheels for the playing chair, if you're getting up and down with a 12 pound banjo around your neck and no free hand for balance or support.  smiley

Edited by - Alex Z on 10/05/2020 16:44:10

Oct 5, 2020 - 6:51:33 PM

HarleyQ

USA

3136 posts since 1/31/2005

Well, I guess I'm odd. I just can't seem to get with the program if I'm sitting down. I've got to stand if I'm playing music. If a conversation breaks out, I'll sit in a straight chair for a moment but when the music starts, I'm standing.

I guess it was from all those years standing in front of a record player trying to learn.

The longest I've stood on stage was 5 hrs. That was 4-5 years ago. Yes it was hard, wouldn't want to do it again, probably couldn't now. Don't play as much as I use too.

Give me a Wall-hugger recliner and I can "NAP" with the best of them!wink

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