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Playing Musical Chairs with my new Hidrau, hydraulic piano bench

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Welcome to a whirlwind round of musical chairs, with a good, healthy workout thrown in.

I never expected the Valencia, Spain import to challenge my athletic prowess. But for certain, I’d been primed for this bench press Olympiad having done my daily Gravitron, along with pull-ups and push-ups at the Downtown Berkeley Y. My daily training should have amply prepped me for the Hidrau descent with side bar assists that amazingly resisted every one of my ergonomic push-downs. Compared to assembler, Arrion Brown who weighed in at a muscular 210 lbs, to my measly 112, I was a puny push-over! Call it a 100 lb. difference! That’s how Ari had the necessary clout to get Hidrau to cooperate on the downslide. I might add that this male powerhouse happens to be a Jiu Jitsu champ which puts him in the winner’s circle when it comes to ENDURANCE.

I’ll let my homegrown video speak for itself.

Once I finish my next two nocturnal piano lessons, I’ll add Arrion’s nifty Hidrau assembly according to specs. Note that he’d successfully put the last Chinese Stagg Hydraulic together, though it squeaked its heart out, while Hidrau is a silent, squeak-less success, locked right now into one perfect height at my Steinway grand. If I need to lower it, I’ll scream for help and either 911 will send out a team of paramedics, or my neighbor, Art will heed my cries and get the darn bench back in balance.

Judge for yourself:

The Assembly

And now compare to the STAGG hydraulic that’s been retired as a computer accessory doing its job well with attendant noise that’s not a problem but would be a menace if stationed at my grand during a recording session!


Video of REPLACEMENT Hidrau shipped to me, with a distributor message at its conclusion:

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The saga of my Stagg Hydraulic Piano Bench (Videos)

I had reluctantly tossed two wooden piano benches into the garage of my apartment complex due to creaks, squeaks, and shaky legs that drove me up the walls during recording sessions. To add insult to injury, my next door neighbor’s cleaning lady, dumped a week’s worth of wine and beer bottles into the trash as I approached the final cadence of my Little Bach Prelude. It was re-take after re-take with no relief in sight.

While I couldn’t control the rhythmic flow of waste disposal among tenants, I was confident that I could eradicate piano bench noises by landing a nifty Stagg PBH 780 BKP VBK Hydraulic Piano Bench on Amazon. Advertised for $179, it looked streamlined and self-contained, with cute little handles tucked under its seat that could provide sweet little joy rides up and down. I would take pleasure in adjusting the contraption to suit my height at the piano without needing stacks of books and pillows. It was going to be Easy Rider all the way!

So without skipping a beat, I ordered the handsome studio accouterment, thinking its strong but compact body would steer me effortlessly through myriads of phrases to final cadence without a hitch.

Stagg on Amazon

But fate dashed my hopes. After Stagg’s arrival, and its handy assembly by Arrion, an experienced piano mover and hydraulics expert, the clicks, creaks and squeaks swelled to crescendo levels. Sitting on Stagg, moving to and fro, I simulated advances toward the piano, acquiring a percussion section that rose to solo proportion!

In despair, I was on the verge of reclaiming my wooden stored fossils though I quickly remembered that I’d ordered a $45 On Stage KT7800 Plus Padded Keyboard Bench that was about to arrive by UPS ground. (I must have had a sixth sense that Stagg would disappoint me in the crunch)

KT7800 Plus Padded, arrived with a whimper. Easy to assemble and silent as a lamb, it fit snugly under my overhead webcam. And when I tested its resilience at the keyboard, it silently contoured to my body, and flowed in synch with my register-to-register movements.

As the final cap to this saga, I gave FIVE glittering stars to KT7800, and only TWO to Stagg at Amazon, knowing full well that it was an act of charity to add a star for Stagg’s redeeming furniture value.

That said, in the long-term, Stagg hydraulic will have a new status as a joy-riding computer chair to keep me productively awake into the wee hours of the morning!

Wanna ride?

Stagg by the computer