Worth mentioning regarding Jansen benches: depending on how much work is needed on individual benches…it can be quite cost effective to just have say two to four benches per semester sent off to Jansen for repair. They repair whatever is needed and/or re-upholster those which need that as well. I have found their charges to be VERY VERY FAIR…even "cheap" for what you receive in return. We sent in several and were only charged about 200 to MAYBE 270 for the ones with cracked wood support rails, etc.I did (finally) become proficient at "rebushing" these with that little bolt & bushing kit they sell-but it was still difficult to carve out time for this with so many other issues Pressing. It's the University Life.
This also brings up another issue…down time…at Texas Tech I was able to work it out to have USUALLY two brand new (or refurbished) benches "hidden away"/stashed pretty much all the time so that when one went down (or was destroyed like the one in the choir hall on one incident…don't ask…I had a back-up plan. Only the piano faculty and our staff pianists were aware of these extra benches. Otherwise they "disappear". When I was notified of one DOWN…I would just say, "let me see what I can come up with". Then at a nice convenient time I would bring them a used/good or new bench-then begin working to repair the broken one for the next need.It ends up being a bit of a "game"…and piano majors, piano professors (and recital pianos of course) would usually get the new benches and I usually took their gently used one to give to the "regular" situations, special events, etc.I was very optimistic about the hydraulic Jansen benches-but then I had to resign before trying then. The hydra benches were not super popular at this university and they also can only handle so much abuse/wear/tear/time. And they are only affordable if a mass/ginormous purchase is made it would seem. Very difficult for most School of Music budgets.
------------------------------Kevin FortenberryRegistered Piano TechnicianLongview, TX 75602806-778-3962------------------------------