Carrying a Chair

Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts

I ordered a couple samples from a marketing company. Both are workable. I'll see if I can figure out how to post a photo.

Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts

Byron Kinnaman - I am 65 lbs lighter then when you knew me. Most chairs are OK now.

Paul Certo
Paul Certo
@paul-certo
10 years ago
242 posts

I'm much too heavy to trust most folding chairs, and bad knees make it tough to stand up from low to the ground chairs. Mrs. Wanda bought me one similar to this about 20 years ago, and it has been to a lot of gigs, jams, and assorted other uses. I'm going to need to recover it soon, the vinyl has some small tears and holes in it. The X frame legs are rectangular steel tubing, it isn't too heavy, and it's very stable even under my weight. Carrying a lot of weight to a jam isn't much of an issue, as I use a 4 wheel dolly. I seem to lug more than 2 dulcimers & a stool with me, usually a banjo and/ or a guitar as well. http://www.samash.com/SearchDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&pageSize=15&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&searchSource=Q&resultCatEntryType=2&showResultsPage=true&pageView=grid&searchTerm=KT7800 I don't recall the name of the seller, I think it was a mail order, but the one here is the Sam Ash chain of music stores. This is similar to mine. If you prefer a seat with a back, a drummers throne is a good starting place. Sturdy, even if you're kicking the bass & hi hat, but heavier to haul. My 4 wheel dolly is from Home Depot, and converts from 4 to 2 wheels. I can haul an amp, a guitar, a banjo, a dulcimer, seat, and a bag of mics & cables on it. If you plan to only take a dulcimer and a seat, you won't need the dolly.

Byron Kinnaman
Byron Kinnaman
@byron-kinnaman
10 years ago
9 posts

I had purchased a light weight 3 legged chair in $20 range. I had to throw it away after very little use. The light weight ones might work for slight people, but me and probably Mike they'll give up pretty quickly. That's why I bought the Browning chair. It's a bit heavier but should last a long time.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 years ago
2,125 posts

The advantage of folding canvas chairs and stools is that they are lightweight and easy to haul around at a festival or campground, for jamming. They are great for walking around, stopping to visit and sit and jam for maybe an hour and then moving on again. But they are seldom comfortable for long periods of time- for hours of sitting, you really need a sturdier flat-seated chair with more support. Some folding chairs with metal frames and plastic seats are a little heavier and more awkward to carry- but are better if you need to sit more than an hour at a time.




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Scott Allen
Scott Allen
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10 years ago
24 posts

I purchased a three legged chair similar to this one. Got mine at Target for around $20. Works great!

http://www.wayfair.com/Travel-Chair-Ultimate-Slacker-Chair-1489V-L297-K~TCR1019.html?refid=GX21919195140-TCR1019&device=c&PiID []=3936464&gclid=CM-ike-XsroCFQyZ4AodmloAJg

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Gail Webber
Gail Webber
@gail-webber
10 years ago
70 posts

I have one of the triangular shaped chairs. It is good for playing outside and carrying, but not comfortable to me for sitting for long periods of time. I got it at REI.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 years ago
2,125 posts

I have found that you have to be able to sit up straight, and also have a level lap (knees not higher than hips), in order to effectively play a dulcimer in your lap in a chair.




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john p
john p
@john-p
10 years ago
173 posts

Hi Louis,

Mate of mine had one of those that I've given a try. I found it comfey enough, but maybe not suited to everyone.(I have the sort of build that can accommodate almost anything)

He used it for fishing though, which seemed to consist mainly of lounging on a river bank drinking cups of tea Smile.gif

Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
Oh dear. That's to bad. I'm traveling back to my home currently. My two chairs are supposed to arrive today. I won't be home for several days. I'm anxious to see what I ordered.
Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10 years ago
411 posts

Mark--This would be the most comfortable, by far--even without the boat. I still don't know whythere isn't afolding chair that's as comfortable as a boat seat!

Mark Richardson said:

My kind of person... look for a chair,,, buy the boat the chair is sitting in... assuming you got the chair with the boat....enjoy...Smile.gif




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Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
I like it. I'll try one out when I visit Cabelas. I'm heading that way today.
Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
Huh, good idea. Put shoes on that *horse*. We do that when we camp on the sand at Pismo Beach, Calif.
folkfan
@folkfan
10 years ago
362 posts

If you're going to be using a chair outside on the ground, here's a trick. Place large metal pickle jar lids or squares of plywood under the feet. They will help keep the feet from sticking into the ground. I've had a number of chairs break at the joints because the feet embedded themselves in the ground and they didn't shift when I did. Having a collapsing chair collapse under you can be embarrassing, awkward, and painful.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10 years ago
1,628 posts

Louis, that chair certainly looks comfortable, but it might be more conducive to napping than playing the dulcimer.Just looking at it makesme want to curlupandcatch up on sleep.28.gif

Louis Hopkins said:

Hi I have just ordered one of these but I don't know if the same thing is available in the USA but I think it would be ideal for someone with a bad back it folds up and comes with a bag.




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Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
Louis - I've never seen a chair like that one. Would like to sit in it and try it out.
Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
Strumelia, I know you are correct and thank you.We are full time RVers. I found it difficult to carry my dulcimer, a chair, music stand, etc. to each work shop. (I'm on crutches) So being able to carry over my shoulder a lightweight chair that folds will really help.Thanks again. :)
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 years ago
2,125 posts

Mike just remember, especially with a bad back- none of these canvas folders wilol be comfy for long periods of time- you have to get up and stretch and walk around periodically. If your back is very bad, or if you are extra heavy, I'd more likely recommend a standard metal or wooden folding chair.




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Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
Well, I ordered a couple chairs one each like the photos above. I have a bad back and so my wife will use the one I don't use.
Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
:) LOL
Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
Huh, lol, thanks Dusty. I ended up deep in the YouTube. I got outta there before I bought a boat chair and the boat. The Internet world is crazy.Anyway, thanks. Good direction.
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10 years ago
1,628 posts

Mike, the bottom chair in Strumelia's post is called the quick-e-seat and it's made by GCI Outdoor. It can be bought,as Cheryl explains,through REI, Amazon, orevenMike Clemmer, who calls it best ever pickin' chair or something like that. I think it is made for birders or outdoor artists. There is a shoulder strap which also folds the chair up automatically when you lift it. Obviously, it has no arms, so you have room for your instrument. And it has a little bag probably intended to hold a beer, but it works just as well for a tuner, picks, a capo, or whatever you need. The seat of the chair is in the shape of a triangle, with one point intended to go between your legs. It is not as uncomfortable as it sounds, and you want your legs apart when playing the dulcimer anyway. The chair is very light, very portable and very convenient. It is not super comfortable, so you'll want to stand up from time to time and get the blood flowing through your legs again. I have one and take it everywhere.




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Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts
Thanks.
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 years ago
2,125 posts

Mike, you can do searches on Amazon for words like: canvas folding stool chair camping...

We have also seen various folding stools and chairs for sale in Dick's Sporting Goods and in Eastern Mountain Sports stores, you could go check there or anywhere they have camping equipment.




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Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
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10 years ago
13 posts
Strumelia, Do you know who sells those...?
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 years ago
2,125 posts

You could go to a large camping/sporting goods store- they have all kinds of folding canvas chars that are designed to be comfortable but lightweight to carry. The chair you linked to would not work for me, since it puts my knees higher than my hips and I need a fairly level lap to play my dulcimer. We find this type of chair to be convenient for traveling/camping/music playing, and to carry when walking around at fairs and festivals while impromptu jamming in different places:

If you aren't going to be walking and carrying the chair very much, then a simple folding chair that is sturdier would be more comfortable- a metal or wooden folding chair that has a level seat and good supportive back is best. It doesn't have to be specifically designed for musicians- I think that's more of a marketing ploy than anything else.




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Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
10 years ago
419 posts

I just keep an old metal folding chair in the trunk of the car. lt works

Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson
@cheryl-johnson
10 years ago
43 posts

This is the chair I have and use regularly. I've had it for over a year now and its the sturdiest version of this chair that i've seen. It folds up small and has an attached shoulder carrying strap. You can get it at a number of places including Amazon, Rei, etc, or at Clemmer Dulcimer (no affiliation) http://www.clemmerdulcimer.com/store/index.php?route=product/produc...

And here's an earlier thread about portable chairs that might give you some good ideas as well

http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/profiles/blogs/favorite-chair-for-...

Byron Kinnaman
Byron Kinnaman
@byron-kinnaman
10 years ago
9 posts

We, wife and I, spend a lot of time camping in our little camp trailer. I needed an armless chair to be able to play the MD while camping. I've tried several chairs and found the Browning Dakota Camp Chair to be about good as it gets. There's one market that's about 1/2 the price but worth a lot less, I went through two of the cheap ones.. I found the Browning very comfortable to sit in either while playing for sitting around the camp fire. My wife wants one too, so I'll be buying another soon.

Here's where I bought mine. Browning Dakota Chair

Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
@mike-sanders
10 years ago
13 posts

Carrying a Chair

I went to my first MD gathering. Turns out we needed to bring a chair. Our chairs have arms which really doesn't work with trying to play the MD.

What do you use? Is there a really great chair to carry and use? I found this one, but thought I'd ask before I bought.

http://m.everywherechair.com/musicians-portable-folding-chair.html (I have no affiliation/connection with this company)

Your thoughts...?


updated by @mike-sanders: 01/13/19 05:09:18PM