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How Do I Choose the Best Cello Chairs?

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To choose the best cello chairs, you should decide which type of chair you would like, the size and shape you want, and what options you would like for them to have. Cello chairs come in many shapes and sizes, and narrowing down exactly what type you want will help you find the best one for you. The size and shape of your cello chair is very important because it will affect how comfortable and useful the chair is for you. In addition to functional features, some cello chairs provide conveniences that you might find helpful.

The two basic types of cello chairs are fixed and adjustable. A fixed chair is much like a dining room chair and has a set height and back that you cannot move. An adjustable chair has a seat that can be moved to adjust the height and possibly a back that can be adjusted as well. The height of the cello chair is very important for comfort and proper posture, so if it will be used by more than one player or by a child whose height is going to change, an adjustable chair is a better choice. Other types include stools with no back, portable chairs, and large wooden chairs.

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The angle that a cellist sits at is very important for comfort and proper posture while playing the instrument. For this reason, choose a cello chair that is the right size and shape for the person using it. Make sure that the chair you choose allows you to put your legs at an angle where your hips are above your knees. Many chairs that are meant specifically for use with a cello are made with the seat at a slight angle to help the cellist stay in this optimum position. Some chairs are also made in a shape that promotes good back posture while playing.

Once you have found the right fit, consider any additional features you might like. Some cello chairs have a compartment under the cushion where you can store music, rosin, and other supplies. Some chairs are plain metal frames that are meant to blend in with the background of a stage or serve as durable practice chairs while others have decorative wooden frames. With the more ornate versions, you can choose features such as the tone of the wood, decorative designs, and the upholstery used for the cushion. If you plan to use your chair in a room where it will be on display, some of these features might be important to you.

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