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Best Studio Chair ?

My lower back is getting sore

Need a new chair, preferably with no or detachable arms for when i need to bust out the electric twanger

What do you use? any recommendations?
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My lower back is getting sore

Need a new chair, preferably with no or detachable arms for when i need to bust out the electric twanger

What do you use? any recommendations?
I use steelcase leap chair, i've had 2 back surgeriees and its awesome. Think i paid $799. WAY bette than aeron.

Then i keep a $40 offfice depot thingy around with one arm removed off the right side and roll it around to play something.

Also, fo my clients I have these Bungie J-Arm Office Chair that come wiith or without handles (like all chairs you install one, both or none) and are SUPER comfy. I love letting someone else sit at the computer and sit back in those. Bestprice I found was at buychoice.com

http://www.buychoice.com/prodDetail....ice%20Chair,XX

takes a while , you can try them out lots of furniture stores. seriously they rock for the dough.
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HUMANSCALE FREEDOM CHAIR!!! king of all fancy shmancy chairs- arms retract easily for easy twanging with a guitah! very few adjustments, all easily accessible from sitting positions, neck rest follows you as you sit up or recline, elegant, smaller footprint than aeron chair, super comfortable- cleared up my neck woes in days- 14 hours in front of the protoolz and i'm good to go! not cheap, worth every penny- i believe Bill Maher is sitting in one on his show- they are choice. enjoy pram
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Herman Miller Aeron

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I'll throw in my vote for the Herman Miller "Mirra"...DAMN I love it!

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Herman Miller Aeron

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LA studio love them. They're a little expensive, but your butt and back will definitely appreciate it.
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LA-z boy heated recliner is what you want. Cut away the back under support of the mix desk so you can recline right back.......looooovely

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We had Leap, Think, Aeron, and Freedom for several weeks to compare. Number 1 choice for the majority was Humanscale Freedom, with the gel pads.

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It's hard to beat a fully loaded Aeron chair.

So very sturdy. Fits like a glove.
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My lower back is getting sore

Need a new chair, preferably with no or detachable arms for when i need to bust out the electric twanger

What do you use? any recommendations?
If you have lower back problem then a chair is only going to do so much.
I use a pilates ball- they really are the best thing you can use.
A hell of a lot cheaper than an Aeron- spend the extra $900 on a gym membership.

You HAVE to do some resistance training (weights) and some form of core muscle exercise & stretching... I do yoga a couple of times a week- sorts my head out as well as being fun- and given most of my class is female, a good perv too.
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takes a while , you can try them out lots of furniture stores.
Best advice on this thread.

Seriously, I think one needs to sit in a chair for some time before realizing how well it suits your body. I have a funky back, so this becomes a little more important for myself, but I'd suggest that, if you're making a serious investment in a chair, that you devote some time in the store. Narrow it down to 2-4 chairs and sit in them for at least 10 minutes. I've joked about taking some reading material and spending an afternoon putting chairs to the test. I've bought chairs that seemed good, but after a couple of hours revealed themselves as instruments of torture. If you go to a nice high-end office furniture shop, it's likely they will have demo chairs they're willing to let you try. This is the only way you'll REALLY get faimilar with the chair and would highly recommend finding a place that lets you do this.

I just had a Steelcase Leap chair at my workplace for a demo and this is an amazing chair. Probably the finest chair I've sat in and much better than the nice, but rather overrated, Aeron chair. Granted, I'm much more sensitive to this with my back problems and irregular shaped spine, but the chair pretty much rules. I'lll likely be picking one up. One chair that always fascinated me is the 'Stance' chair. You familiar with the Transformer toy robots/cartoon show? This is the office chair equivalent.

Check it out...

http://www.healthpostures.com/Stance-angle-chair.cfm

I got a chance to try one out once and it is way cool, though decidedly NOT cheap.
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You HAVE to do some resistance training (weights) and some form of core muscle exercise & stretching... I do yoga a couple of times a week- sorts my head out as well as being fun- and given most of my class is female, a good perv too.
That is great, thoughtful, and generous advice for the health of the life lived in the chair.

And you gotta love the Freudian typo in the last line...
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I have so far narrowly avoided back surgery on 2 herniated discs, and am feeling pretty good, and I have to attribute it in part to the Aeron chair saving me a bit. I narrowed my choices to the Aeron (with PostureFit), the Mirra, the Freedom chair, and the Knoll Life chair. .. Spent a couple of days going to stores and sitting in them for a bit. .. For me, the Aeron and the Knoll Life chair were top dogs for back comfort, and I took the Aeron for the cooler mesh seat.

Nearly 2 years later, I still love the Aeron, it's comfy, but not perfect: the armrests slide gradually down over the course of the day (has done this since new), and there are several joints that sound a bit rickety lately. One of these days when I'm doing maintenance around here, I'm gonna see if there's places I can access to tighten things up.

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After trying nearly 6 chairs from a super cool local office supply joint, I ended getting an Aeron....love it
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I don't like the Aeron. I don't really think they're all that comfortable, and becuase they're EVERYWHERE they kind of have that "me-too" thing about them. Which is not to diss anyone who likes it, it's just EVERYWHERE.

I prefer the freedom chair, but I really prefer (and have) comfy chairs that feel good but don't look as cool.

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In gearslut analogy, Aeron = Avalon. that's all i'm gonna say.

flame away.

seriously everyone's back is different though and you should try as many out as possible.

my back problem areas is L5/S1 so maybe thats why the Leap was best for me. but i never would have known that unless i sat in it for 20 minutes, and totally by chance. Doubt i ever would have considered it, in fact i stuck my nose up at it. But its what all the bond traders used in my previous life so i had no choice but to borrow it and it was an epiphany. Went to bout 20 stores and tried chairs. People with serious back problems know what i mean.

turned out to be one of the most important purchases i have ever made in my life. no joke.

so get out there and find whats right for you, asking abut chairs I-M-H-O is like shopping for mail order bride. You may hate Leap, love Aeron or some other esoteric never heard of brand but at least you'll have found your own bliss.
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Herman Miller - Mirra. Had it for about a year. I couldn't recommend it more. A studio mate has an aeron that he's had for 5+ years...very worn in and comfy...but I dug the Mirra.
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Thanks for the advice boys
One of my friends is really into working out and he says if your lower back is sore you should work on your abs so i think a Swiss ball is a good idea.

Im definitely going to try before i by as i have a bit of a "sway" back and alot of normal people chairs dont fit me well.

The last thing i want is anything like a bucket seat, they are terrible for posture
that health posture one is interesting (though way out of my price range). I think its important if you want keep your posture straight you knees should be lower than your arse

Dont know what the chances of trying some of the one these you mentioned (especially the tank chair ) but il see what i can try.

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Swing Chair anybody?

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I have a Herman Miller Aeron chair but I'm thinking of giving this a try. I wanted to see if anyone has any experience with it before I go through the trouble of having one shipped. It looks pretty interesting and they do have a 90 day money back guarantee; so maybe I'll go for it and let everyone know how it feels.






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SwingChair

I have a Herman Miller Aeron chair but I'm thinking of giving this a try. I wanted to see if anyone has any experience with it before I go through the trouble of having one shipped. It looks pretty interesting and they do have a 90 day money back guarantee; so maybe I'll go for it and let everyone know how it feels.






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I watched that little video. That chair looks terribly uncomfortable.
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Thanks. I always find myself creeping towards the front of my seat so I thought that maybe having a seat that angles down might work out good for me. I'll wait for more input before I decide.

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looks scary to me: O~
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Interns make good chairs.

But, for reals, you should workout. Your 8-hour sessions will suddently feel like 3-hour sessions. Seriously. No need to go nuts either. Some resistance training (weights) will do the trick.

Try it. You'll be a believer.

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seriously everyone's back is different though and you should try as many out as possible.
The thing about most ergonomic chairs is that they are designed to be infinitely adjustable. That is what 'ergonomics' is all about, adjusting your environment to fit you. It is not valid to suggest that an Aeron or any other ergonomic chair is 'better' or 'needs to be picked to fit your body'. You get one and you adjust all of the crap to make it fit YOU, you don't pick one based on how it works in the store.

It's not like picking a mic or a preamp based on what you're recording. This is a totally different ballgame, and the best place to start is not an audio recording forum - it's finding an ergonomics specialist you can speak with, either using your doctor or Google.
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I worked for a couple of years in an Aeron, but now I use a steelcase leap. You can put the arms down low enough to play the guitar. It has really helped with my back. I also have those Knoll pollack designed chairs, and they are super comfy and wide. You can take the arms off as well, but then it is hard to lean back on them which I like to do.
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