Corrine Baird. Benches. December 19th , 2017.
The most popular, elegant and well known pianos in the world are made by Steinway & Sons, who have a tradition of making their top-of-the-line instruments for over 150 years. Steinway however, is solely a piano bench manufacturer, and do not make their own piano benches to go along with their pianos. They in fact contract out to Jansen & Son exclusively to make benches for their products. Thus, if you are looking for a Steinway piano bench, you are in fact looking for a Jansen piano bench. A brief history about Jansen: they are an American piano bench manufacturer in Wisconsin, who have been in business for over 50 years. They are known across the globe for making the highest quality benches available, using superior maple hardwood (from the East Coast of the United States or Canada), and thick, furniture quality vinyl. Jansen is best known for their artist benches, which features their heavy-duty, silent "micro-adjustable" raising mechanism (which is the best adjustable mechanism on the market).
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.
In the ever expanding world of outdoor benches, a choice growing in consumer popularity are personalized outdoor benches. They range in styles and materials, from backless to concrete to Shorea wood. For example, as one shops online they will come upon the Keaton Personalized 60" Bench. It is a wood bench that is made from Shorea Wood. One has the ability to customize a personal statement or feature an illustration or even your companys logo on the wide center slat on the back. The bench has been elegantly designed, with sculptured arms and deep seating, it will make an enduring impression where ever it is placed. The Personalized baby bench, is a concrete bench. This would be fantastic gift for the birth of a baby, whether it is a boy or a girl. You can have the babys name printed onto it. It has various toys and baby blocks around the borders. With the personalized grandparents bench you can remind your grandparents how much they really mean to you. It is a beautiful bench with vine and ivy leaves all around the edges of it. There is some text written on the middle of the bench. And, in the top corner of the bench you will find a small set of footprints.
Whenever you need to store extra blankets and pillows that are required for those unexpected guests, storage benches are the ideal accessory. If children live in the house, these storage benches can also act as a toy chest for them and spare a lot of hard work for you because all toys can be contained within the ideal storage bench. Storage benches come in all shapes and sizes as well as materials. Plastic storage benches are available in a lot of varieties, but the most popular one is undoubtedly cedar wood storage. People enjoy the natural colors of the wood because it blends in with their own decor if they use the storage bench inside their home. An additional attraction happens to be its natural scent, which is well liked by consumers.
Taking this into account, if you are looking for a piano bench to go with your Steinway piano, the two most common options are either a wood top bench, or the above mentioned artist bench (the other option would be an upholstered top bench, which while more comfortable, does not highlight the elegance of the Steinway piano as much as a finished wood top bench does, and thus is less popular). Of the two choices, the most popular is the Jansen artist bench, for both its design and usability. If youve seen a Steinway piano in a concert hall, the adjustable artist bench with it is a Jansen (and its quality is such that it is perfect for performance halls, teaching studios, and home use).
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