Learn About Antique Piano Benches

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If you have an old piano or just love browsing on Ebay at old furniture in need of a rebuild, you will have come across a plethora of various seats for use at the piano. The types of benches available include the long bench seat of a rectangular shape, the round stool with a circular iron fitting and the piano chair, often upholstered and maybe adjustable.

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If you have an old piano or just love browsing on Ebay at old furniture in need of a rebuild, you will have come across a plethora of various seats for use at the piano. The types of benches available include the long bench seat of a rectangular shape, the round stool with a circular iron fitting and the piano chair, often upholstered and maybe adjustable. These benches are often in various conditions, from original condition to refurbished or rebuilt and often sold “as is” with limited shipping options available.

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The long rectangular benches can often be restored to nice, usable benches. One common problem remains the glue joints, often put in place with wooden wedges or pegs, you need a long tubaler pipe clamp to properly glue them back into place. These type benches are also hard to transport since they do not dissasemble as the modern benches do. The beauty of the modern traditional bench is the fact that the legs are easily detachable from the corner angles and stored inside the music compartment making for easy shipping.

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Old round stools are another story, they often have wobbly “claw” feet and the iron mechanism may be completely worn out, making adjustment impossible. Some appear to be temporarily fixed by former unassuming owner's by applying masking tape or vinyl electrician's tape to the threads to prevent them from slipping. Cheaper quality old piano stools should be avoided and if they are bought on a whim, should be used for ornamental purposed only.

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Antique piano chairs can be restored to optimum condition, the challenge with this type seating is the metal adjustable mechanism can often be bent or not working and is hard to fix if your not a professional. Another problem is the height may not be standard, depending on when and where the piano chair was made. If the chair is to be upholstered again, careful samples will need to be drawn and manually cut and stitched before they can be assembled on the frame. The foam fittings will also need to be recut and glued.

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Many owners of antique pianos will decide that in practice a modern piano bench is more practical for their purposes. They may keep the original bench if available and have it restored as a aesthetic piece of furniture to place in their home. Even if the old bench is in good working condition, a piano owner should realize that constant usage will weaken the joints after time and renewal will probably be required at some point in time. The good news is many models of piano benches are readily available for sale online and can be shipped to your home in a matter of a few days.