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Nov 8, 2021 - 6:35:19 PM
7218 posts since 2/14/2006

Next spring I'm planning on looking online for a good picking chair for jamming outside with my banjo. "Trizari" makes a couple that would support me (I'm about 300lb).

What do you guys use for picking outside?

Nov 8, 2021 - 6:37:54 PM
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61656 posts since 10/5/2013

I found one in a dumpster,, wooden seat, steel frame. No bling

Nov 8, 2021 - 6:50:39 PM
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Are you looking for something for your own yard, or something to take from park to parking lot to beach?

I added wheels to a wooden folding hair, so it's a banjo cart until I get where I'm going to sit.

Nov 8, 2021 - 7:00:40 PM
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10099 posts since 6/5/2011

Well... since you asked...

 Folding lawn chair [doesn't show in pic, but right arm is lowered about 3" to allow room for banjo pot, padded to protect finish, extra runners to give a bigger footprint and the correct amount of back-lean] + Thrift-store golf cart rejigged with arms/cams and padding to securely hold the banjo, chair and cooler.... what you see is what you get.   

I only used the cart once [at a music camp], but it worked well on rough terrain and exposed tree roots. The cart folds a worthwhile amount, but not quite as small as in it's original configuration. I regularly use the chair when we go camping.

In case it's not evident in the pics, I'm w-a-y better at puttering than I am at "playing" the banjo. wink

Edited by - Owen on 11/08/2021 19:11:58

Nov 8, 2021 - 8:22:29 PM

4893 posts since 5/9/2007
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Nineteenth century, straight back chair, split white oak bottom.
Folks back then were shorter than we are today. The lower seat elevates my knees thus cradling my open back.

Nov 9, 2021 - 2:22:07 AM

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31 posts since 9/13/2021

Not sure if they're available where you are; I hqve 2 of these. A little low to the ground for a tall person, but with no arms and back support they're perfect for camp pickin', light and compact.

Nov 9, 2021 - 4:34:29 AM

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Nov 9, 2021 - 4:50:18 AM

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26713 posts since 8/3/2003

Dave made me a banjo buggy that held a folding chair, my banjo, a place for a song book and a bar buoy for water and/or soft drinks. Sorry the pictures are sideways, can't seem to turn them upright.

Nov 9, 2021 - 7:07:35 AM
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14439 posts since 10/30/2008

Anything without arms, mostly!

I have settled on a couple of chairs to take festivaling. One is the plain old folding metal chair like we used to set up for school assemblies. With an added seat cushion they are fine.

My favorite now is called "MityLite". Typical folding metal frame with molded plastic back and seat. Strong, light and comfortable (has more "give" than the all metal school chair. A variant with a bit more pleasant seat is called Office Star Breathable Pro-Grid which has a stretchier fabric type seat/back -- very strong -- somewhat expensive. Both are on Amazon.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 11/09/2021 07:09:40

Nov 9, 2021 - 9:11:03 PM
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89 posts since 1/1/2013

I also like the MityLite FLEXONE® CS FOLDING CHAIR.
Not cheap, but they are rated for a half ton, look nice, have a somewhat flexible seat and back, and, most importantly, are wider than usual.

Nov 11, 2021 - 5:56:58 AM

70 posts since 1/13/2012

I got one of these from a local gun store, it's super comfortable for long-term picking. It is a bear to carry and not the easiest to set up on uneven ground, but once you're in it, it's all worth it.

ALPS OutdoorZ Stealth Hunter Blind Chair

Nov 11, 2021 - 8:13:48 AM

75339 posts since 5/9/2007

For a spread out festival like Thomas Point Beach known for its late night/all night campsite jams I like a garden wagon that holds 2 instruments,cooler and a 1" board.
The board goes across the top of the sides for a seat.

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