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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby hrender » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:19 pm

After blowing out my knee in the Spring (ruptured quad tendon), I started using a BBC tuba rest for both rehearsals and practice to take the weight of the horn off my legs. I bought it a while back but wasn't fully sold on it. I am now. I also sometimes bring a memory foam seat cushion since two hours on a metal folding chair isn't doing my back(side) any favors. I roll it up in the same Hercules bag that I use to carry my music stand and the tuba rest.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby Charlie C Chowder » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:30 pm

I reupholstered a wide folding piano bench with a thicker pad and then turned it sideways to set my tuba on as I straddled it. Works great for a cello bench as well. Add or remove padding as needed for the tuba height. Not as versatile as a stand if you have multiple tubas.

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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby Lamminator » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:53 pm

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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby Radar » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:10 pm

Thanks for the input, I do use a Tuba rest but that didn't keep the metal folding chair from cutting off my circulation. I think I will try bringing a pad for the seat first rather than lugging a chair. That seems like a less botherson item to pack and carry.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby MikeW » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:34 pm

I have a folding chair reserved for tuba playing. It is vital at venues where all the chairs have arms, or when the stage is particularly crowded. Its seat is an inch or three higher than the average folding chair, so I get to see the stick more often, and it has a convenient footrest, which makes it great for posture. I'm trying to figure out a convenient way to tote it everywhere: possibly add shoulder straps and use it as a backpack-frame to carry my bitsa bag (folders, tuba sling, mouthpiece, oil, water, music glasses, rain/wind shield, clothes-pegs....) ??
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby ral1988 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:19 pm

I worked with a guy that had a drum throne and hardware hooked up for a tuba rest. He could move any direction and the tuba would follow him.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby bearphonium » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:13 am

I use both a tuba rest and my own chair; padded seat, CostCo from a couple years ago. It is a smidge higher than most folding chairs and way more durable. I like knowing that I will be comfortable when I sit to play. (Comfortable while I play is still a work in progress...)
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby 2ba4t » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:30 am

Again [- there have been several posts on this] simply buy a $15 tripod camping stool on Amazon. I have two. They can be doctored to hold any tuba to the perfect height. They fold into a bag which slips into the bell. Then you have no weight on you, no issues with chairs and a steady but flexible tuba holder. DON'T use it to sit on unless you are very skinny and have no nerves below the waist.
OR to create a larger 'permanent' rigid stand which will hold the beast without needing any other support - use ordinary plumbing piping. This is easily bent and configured; you can use screw joint fittings for dismantling and moving it; insulation foam is easily available as padding and you can paint it or highly polish it. No, you need not use all the other items found in a restroom - not even the seat as a wow wow mute.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby roughrider » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:38 pm

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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby Doc » Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:08 pm

At home I use a nice music/band hall chair (Wenger?), but it doesn't fold up and travel politely. If it did, I'd probably take it. Instead, I use a folding piano bench (cheap, well-padded) on most jobs. I can sit comfortably on it, and there's room to rest the tuba on it as well, although I don't use it for that (I either use a tuba stand, shelf liner on my lap, or nothing when wearing lederhosen). I play tons of jobs outdoors, in restaurants, and other places where there might only be a crappy folding chair or NO chair at all. So...if I want to be sure to have something besides a crappy folding chair that causes my legs to go numb, or not have to stand up with the tuba all night, I need to bring my own chair. This stool has lasted for years, and it didn't cost much. It's lightweight, packs away well, and is black (appropriate in all environments). No mess, no fuss, works every time.
All that, plus $8.00, will get you a venti at Starbucks.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby bloke » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:01 pm

Doc wrote:At home I use a nice music/band hall chair (Wenger?), but it doesn't fold up and travel politely. If it did, I'd probably take it. Instead, I use a folding piano bench (cheap, well-padded) on most jobs. I can sit comfortably on it, and there's room to rest the tuba on it as well, although I don't use it for that (I either use a tuba stand, shelf liner on my lap, or nothing when wearing lederhosen). I play tons of jobs outdoors, in restaurants, and other places where there might only be a crappy folding chair or NO chair at all. So...if I want to be sure to have something besides a crappy folding chair that causes my legs to go numb, or not have to stand up with the tuba all night, I need to bring my own chair. This stool has lasted for years, and it didn't cost much. It's lightweight, packs away well, and is black (appropriate in all environments). No mess, no fuss, works every time.


That's a really good idea.
To date, my no-chair-provided outdoor gigs have been (well...) default sousaphone gigs.
If you remember the 5-valve York Eb (that I fairly recently received back into my position, spiffied back up, and sold again), when I first put that thing together, I positioned two really beefy (matched, and with the right "vintage" look) strap rings on the back for perfect alignment with a (simple) adjustable strap...so I used that thing for ONE or TWO "stand-up" outdoor brass quintet gigs.... ...but the next owner soon spotted it - not-for-sale - in my shop, one day, and insisted on buying it, so... back to the sousaphone strategy. :|

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This particular one is in one of my wholesale jobber catalogs (ignore the Amazon price) for peanuts, and - testing a comfortable chair in which I'm currently seated - the 20" or 20.5" positions seem as though they would do just fine.
(No...I'm not interested in offering them for sale.)
https://www.amazon.com/Stage-BP-010-BK-Padded-Keyboard-Bench/dp/B000K668B4
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby Doc » Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:35 pm

bloke wrote:post script:
This particular one is in one of my wholesale jobber catalogs (ignore the Amazon price) for peanuts, and - testing a comfortable chair in which I'm currently seated - the 20" or 20.5" positions seem as though they would do just fine.
(No...I'm not interested in offering them for sale.)
https://www.amazon.com/Stage-BP-010-BK-Padded-Keyboard-Bench/dp/B000K668B4


That is the exact one that I use, and it has lasted me for many years. I seem to remember buying it for $25 at the local music store.
All that, plus $8.00, will get you a venti at Starbucks.
Or in my case, a large can of Folgers.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby bloke » Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:28 pm

Doc wrote:
bloke wrote:post script:
This particular one is in one of my wholesale jobber catalogs (ignore the Amazon price) for peanuts, and - testing a comfortable chair in which I'm currently seated - the 20" or 20.5" positions seem as though they would do just fine.
(No...I'm not interested in offering them for sale.)
https://www.amazon.com/Stage-BP-010-BK-Padded-Keyboard-Bench/dp/B000K668B4


That is the exact one that I use, and it has lasted me for many years. I seem to remember buying it for $25 at the local music store.


yeah...I would probably pay that TOTAL (in 2019 dollars) wholesale-plus-shipping...so - if I decide to pick one up - I'll wait until I have a bunch of do-dads that I need from that same wholesale jobber, so (defacto) I'll end up with "free shipping" on the bench. :idea:
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby nworbekim » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:08 am

Doc wrote:
bloke wrote:post script:
This particular one is in one of my wholesale jobber catalogs (ignore the Amazon price) for peanuts, and - testing a comfortable chair in which I'm currently seated - the 20" or 20.5" positions seem as though they would do just fine.
(No...I'm not interested in offering them for sale.)
https://www.amazon.com/Stage-BP-010-BK-Padded-Keyboard-Bench/dp/B000K668B4


That is the exact one that I use, and it has lasted me for many years. I seem to remember buying it for $25 at the local music store.


its very similar to mine... i bought it for about the same price from a Radio Shack (tells how old it is) when i bought a keyboard and stand. it weighs very little in comparison to everything else. i have a longer one that i like better but the padding is thicker and since i rest the instrument on the bench, if i'm not careful, the spit valve gets opened sometimes and my sound gets fuzzy (as you can imagine)... i didn't know what was going on the first couple of times it happened :lol:
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby marccromme » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:00 pm

Mark wrote:A cello cushion might also work.


Yes! Lightweight, fits into the gig bag, and works. You need to find the right height of cusion, though. In case you need to lift the tuba above the chair platform, a Yaga foam brick does the job, can be cut to correct height, weights and costs almost nothing.

I have often to walk some 2-3 km with my tuba, so I would never pick any extra weight in form of a chair or heavy stand.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby David A. Goldfarb » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:21 pm

Yes, I used to carry a folding wooden chair with a large enough seat for the tuba to sit on the corner, with my legs on either side. Now I’m using a portable piano bench, which gives me a little more flexibility and weighs less than the chair. I straddle the bench so I have plenty of space for the tuba.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby ArnoldGottlieb » Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:32 pm

Lamminator wrote:https://www.amazon.com/bonmedico-Orthopedic-Sciatica-Tailbone-Wheelchair/dp/B01MXVK2OR/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=Bio%2BSeat%2Bgel&qid=1565728032&s=gateway&sr=8-11&th=1" target="_blank" target="_blank

I have used this seat cushion for 4 months and it’s a back saver. No matter what seat your on the cushion gives you the support you need. Highly recommend. I went for large size!

I bought this cusion after seeing this thread and have been using it this week at work (although this run is only electric bass). It makes an amazing difference in how my back feels after the show and will no doubt take it on the road with me next tour. Thanks Lamminator!
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby big_blue_tubist » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:15 pm

I agree with the tuba stand sentiment. I'm a "sit the tuba on the chair" player and find that as long as I bring my stand, I can sit in whatever chair they give me.
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Re: Chairs for Tuba playing, How many take their own?

Postby JESimmons » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:46 am

I’m too tall from the waist up to put the tuba on the chair. Using a keyboard stool and a Baltimore Brass tuba stand has greatly improved my playing.
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