Hidrau Model, or HM, has been manufacturing many of the finest piano benches in Europe for years. Now available in the U.S.A., these contemporary style benches are quickly becoming the most sought after for their purposeful and clean design, their sturdy construction, and their luxurious comfort.
With this design, height adjustments are quick and easy by controlling a lever. There are no knobs that stick out, no complex mechanism to service, no linkage that causes the bench to wobble or rock over time.
Hidrau-Tech is the only mechanism on the market propelled by a dual gas spring system. Although the manufacturer refers to these as "hydraulic" benches that's
primiarily because people are familiar with the term. They are actually
pneumatic, similar to what you'd find in better made office chairs. No
oil, so no leaks.
This bench is also longer (30") than standard artists benches (often room for two). The height range is over 5" when most good artist benches have a range of 3".
It also has an ergonomic design in that the top layer of foam is higher in the back providing some support that can help relieve back strain. (If you want a true duet bench, please see: Hydraulic DUET Bench )
They are perfect for performance halls, for teaching studios (where student after student needs a different height), and they are also great for European uprights like Seiler, Schimmel, and C. Bechstein that tend to have a higher key height.
Metal Construction, no wobbly legs
High density foam cushion for support
Ergonomic design - second layer of foam is higher in the back then the front
Rounded edges for comfort
Vinyl Upholstery, stronger than leather and easier to care for (leather is availalbe as an option, above)
No knobs, quick lever operation
No wobbling or rocking screw-type mechanism
Height ranges from 18.25" to 23.5"
Weighs a moderate 32 lbs
Eligible for free shipping within the continental United States