Roland RPB-220 Plush Velour Seat Cushion
We spend hours at a time on a piano bench, and it needs to feel supportive and comfortable, without losing its cushion or structure – just like an airline seat or a great couch. The Roland RPB220 features a seat cushion top made of plush velour fabric for ultimate comfort. This is the main differentiator between the RPB-220 and the Roland RPB-200 which uses a vinyl seat top
High-Quality Adjustment Mechanism
For households with multiple players, changing the height of your bench may be a daily occurrence. Fluid motion that doesn’t require oiling or difficult movement is important, but it’s also rare to find in a non-concert-grade bench. The RPB-220 uses much higher quality steel than a typical piano bench, with better tolerances to ensure trouble-free operation for years.
Solid Wood Construction
All Roland piano benches including the RPB-220 are made of solid wood for optimal durability and longevity. Solid wood construction is available on concert-level benches, but it’s fantastic that Roland has committed to making this a staple on their piano bench line – not to be taken for granted!
Expert Advice: Comfort Is Worth It
Ergonomists and piano teachers alike will both tell you the same thing: sitting properly at your instrument is one of the most important first steps when learning the piano. Poor posture or an uncomfortable seat that causes you to subconsciously compensate will create numerous muscle aches and misalignments as you’re trying to learn your instrument.
The internet is full of inexpensive benches that use extremely poor quality vinyl, painted bases, cheap hardware, and very often don’t last beyond their first year of use. A high-quality bench usually starts around $200, with most ranging between $250 – 500. If you’re considering a bench that seems too good to be true, there’s a very good chance it is.
Be comfortable, and buy right the first time.
The Roland RPB-220 is available in Polished Ebony (RPB-220PE), Satin Black (RPB-220BK), and Rosewood (RPB-220RW) finish options.