Empire Duet Adjustable Artist Piano Bench Review

We are happy to introduce the Empire Duet Adjustable Artist bench, and after reviewing it, we are extremely impressed. It’s a large duet artist bench (measuring 35″ in width, which is on the larger side of duets, which start at 30″), with a hand-tufted upholstered and heavy duty raising mechanism.

The bench is well made, using high quality materials. The vinyl upholstered top is both thick and attractive (it does not have that cheap shiny look of many of the cheaper imported piano benches) and the wood used for the frame and legs is thick and heavy. The padded top of the piano bench uses a thick foam, which would be comfortable for hours of play.

Empire Black Duet Adjustable Piano Bench

Perhaps the most surprising thing about this adjustable piano bench is its price. Currently on sale for $299.99, I can say with confidence that this is the best deal you will find online for a duet piano bench of this quality. Even at it’s regular price of $399.99, this bench is a steal (and the free shipping is an additional $50+ value). If you are looking for a duet artist bench, this is the one I recommend you get.

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Yamaha Piano Bench – the Yamaha design style

Looking for a piano bench for your Yamaha piano? Then we recommend the imported padded top Yamaha style piano bench. It features a padded vinyl inset top, a music storage compartment, heavy duty brass hardware, and protective caps on the bottom of the piano legs to prevent damage to your floors. The dimensions of the grand piano bench are: 14″ (W) x 30″ (L), and 19″ high.

Yamaha piano bench

What makes it a Yamaha style piano bench? The upholstered top design. Notice that the padded top is surrounded by a finished wood trim, instead of having the entire lid of the bench being padded.

Our bench review:

The Yamaha grand piano bench is an attractively designed bench, at an economically friendly price. Sturdy and comfortable, this bench would look great in front of your upright or smaller grand pianos.

 

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Should I get an adjustable piano bench or an artist bench?

When searching for an adjustable piano bench, it is important to know that there are actually two different types of adjustable benches: the standard adjustable piano bench, and the piano artist bench. While both are adjustable, an artist bench has a “skirt” around the lower part of the seat, hiding the adjustable mechanism of the piano bench when fully raised. With an adjustable piano bench on the other hand, you will see the raising mechanism when the bench is fully raised.

Black Adjustable Piano Bench Raised with Mechanism Showing

Adjustable Piano Bench with Mechanism Arms Showing

Of the two models, the artist bench is considered superior, whereas the standard adjustable bench is often cheaper in price.  In terms of which bench you should select, it simply comes down to preference–the skirt does not contribute to the structural stability of the bench. If you don’t mind seeing the raising mechanism arms, then you might as well save the money and go with that. However if aesthetics are important to you, then I would recommend getting a piano artist bench. Even outside of seeing the cross-arms, the skirt around the bench makes it more attractive in general, as well as more proportional. Personally, when I look at an adjustable bench, I often think they look somewhat tiny, in terms of bulk. That is the case especially with the duet piano benches.

 

 

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Padded Top Grand Piano Bench with Cross Stitching

We are happy to introduce our Duet Padded Top Grand Piano Bench with cross stitching design. The grand piano bench measures 14″ x 30″, and is 18.5″ high. Weighing 22 pounds, this bench features a full sized music compartment, and is available in either square or spade legs, and satin or high polish finish.

black duet piano bench with upholstered top

This grand piano bench has a unique and attractive design in its cross-stitching, and offers a nice alternative to the standard upholstered and tufted tops. Furthermore, at only $160 (with free shipping), it’s a very good bargain.  An attractive bench, we know you will be pleased with it.

Padded Top Grand Piano Bench

Padded Top Grand Piano Bench - Unfinished

 

 

 

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GRK Woodmaster Adjustable Artist Bench Review

Designed by GRK (in Ohio), this imported adjustable artist bench is built to their specifications, and offers a great value without sacrificing quality. The adjustable piano bench is 15″ x 22″, and adjusts in height from 18″ to 22″. The tufted upholstered top uses high quality vinyl, and features a full size music storage compartment.  Leg style options are: spade, square, and curved.

Having examined this piano bench, we find it to be a good value for the price ($239.99 with free shipping). It is definitely a step above in terms of quality, compared to the $119.99-$199.99 adjustable piano benches for sale on the market. It’s a solid bench that will hold up, and the vinyl is of good quality. A common complaint, especially with the benches in the lower price range, is that the vinyl has a shiny, plastic look to it–and a result, gives the bench a very cheap appearance. That is not the case with this artist bench.

A final quality of this bench, which we feel significantly adds to its attractiveness, is the wooden knobs used for adjusting the height. Many foreign import piano benches use a plastic, ribbed adjustment knob, which in our opinion makes the bench look cheap. The GRK woodmaster adjustable artist bench uses finished wooden knobs, which compliment the bench nicely.

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