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Eiji Fuller

Custom Wooden Music stand

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Hi guys,

I am a woodworker with 2 brothers who are professional violinists. When I recieved a commission to build a stand of my own design I naturally relied on them for design requirements.

The stand you are viewing is the stand I made for my brother Joel. It has an oversize desk 14" x 22" to accomodate opera scores. The desk height adjusts from 33" - 56" measured from the floor to the shelf. the angle of the desk is adjustable. It is made entirely of wood with the exception of the brass adjustment screws and the post to base connection hardware. The double shelf is for you pencils, eraser, rosin, stereo remote, etc. and the supports feature a notch to place your bow.

It breaks down for shipping.

I am also planning on making matching practice chairs and wood clips to hold music in place just in case your practice room is drafty.

The woods on this piece are South American Leopardwood and Wenge. Other species are available.

I would like to get some feedback from you musicians on the stand and what you would like in a practice chair.

Thank you,

Eiji Fuller

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Hi Eiji, how does the height adjustment work? I can't really tell from the picture. As I posted before, I really like the look of this stand; the only other feature I'd like to see is some sort of integrated stand light. Can't advise you on a chair; I always practice standing!

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Beautiful stand. The most important elements in a stand are the ease of height adjustment and the stability.

As for chairs, they should be flat (sounds obvious, but some of the chairs here at Stony Brook slant back so that it's comfortable for people who want to lean into the backrest). It should be just as easy to sit on the front of the seat as on the back. They shouldn't come to a sharp edge. The seats shouldn't be too large. Consider both how cellists sit and how violinists sit (violinists often have their right legs off the right side of the chair).

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I would like to get some feedback from you musicians on the stand and what you would like in a practice chair.

As an amateur cellist, how about either a custom stool or an adjustable-height one, that slants downward in front, allowing the player's knees to be lower than her/his hips. This is a great ergonomic position that takes strain off the lower back. I have one that was made for me by a woodworker and it works really great.

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Hi Eiji, how does the height adjustment work? I can't really tell from the picture. As I posted before, I really like the look of this stand; the only other feature I'd like to see is some sort of integrated stand light. Can't advise you on a chair; I always practice standing!

Steve,

Thank you for the nice comments.

I will add a light to the accessory list. :)

The height adjustment work very well. It is easy to adjust and locks in very securely with a 1/4 turn of the knob. The height is adjusted similarly to a Manhasset stand or mic stand except the height lock knob needs to be loosened before adjustment and tightened after adjustment.

Pic 4 in the first post shows the height adjustment knob. and here is a better shot of the wenge post.

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Beautiful stand. The most important elements in a stand are the ease of height adjustment and the stability.

As for chairs, they should be flat (sounds obvious, but some of the chairs here at Stony Brook slant back so that it's comfortable for people who want to lean into the backrest). It should be just as easy to sit on the front of the seat as on the back. They shouldn't come to a sharp edge. The seats shouldn't be too large. Consider both how cellists sit and how violinists sit (violinists often have their right legs off the right side of the chair).

Thanks Lymond.

Nice pointers.

It seems like one design would be out of the question....Dahmkit! :)

It would be nice to be able to accomodate both violinists and cellists in the same chair.

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As an amateur cellist, how about either a custom stool or an adjustable-height one, that slants downward in front, allowing the player's knees to be lower than her/his hips. This is a great ergonomic position that takes strain off the lower back. I have one that was made for me by a woodworker and it works really great.

could you post a pic of the stool?

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could you post a pic of the stool?

I can post a pic as soon as I find my battery recharger! Might be a few days, as we're in the midst of a kitchen remodel.

The degree of downward slant isn't huge. The front of the cello chair is at about my knee height.

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This is my favourite (sorry, the info is not in English ...):

http://www.bison.se/pdf/stolar_musicapro_sv.pdf

You can adjust just about everything on it. It's heavy but very reliable.

Now, if you could get all of that and then make it beautiful too ... :-)

Thanks for the link.

I was designing something very similar except...I was thinking a stool that has a bent laminated removable back, the seat similar shaped to that chair, and a height adjustable base with a similar design as the stand. Obviously it would have to be proportioned on a heavier scale to add strength.

I have a napkin sketch right now. :)

Thanks for the help.

Eiji

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