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Title: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Brian Jojade on August 22, 2019, 06:09:14 pm
Has anyone found a decent chair that's easily collapsable yet comfortable enough for use at FOH?

Right now I bring a nice tall drafting chair, but it's such a pain to find room to pack it in the truck.  You'd think someone would make something that comes apart easily and can pack into a reasonably sized package, right?

Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Jordan Wolf on August 22, 2019, 07:29:57 pm
Havenít used one myself, but the CozyRoadie (https://cozyroadie.com/) looks really nice.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: John Fruits on August 22, 2019, 07:47:51 pm
If you need a taller option, they are working on one.  Check out the second video (the one from NAMM 2019).
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Rick Earl on August 22, 2019, 08:03:15 pm
Has anyone found a decent chair that's easily collapsable yet comfortable enough for use at FOH?

Right now I bring a nice tall drafting chair, but it's such a pain to find room to pack it in the truck.  You'd think someone would make something that comes apart easily and can pack into a reasonably sized package, right?

I use a drum throne with a back.
https://rocnsoc.com/new/product-line/lunar-series (https://rocnsoc.com/new/product-line/lunar-series)
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Dave Guilford on August 22, 2019, 08:56:16 pm
Gator frameworks guitar stool.  $70 at guitar center and so convenient. Even has back rest.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Tiago de Sousa on August 22, 2019, 11:42:22 pm
Right now I bring a nice tall drafting chair, but it's such a pain to find room to pack it in the truck.  You'd think someone would make something that comes apart easily and can pack into a reasonably sized package, right?

I have this chair for 2 months and I love it:

(https://www.thomann.de/pics/bdb/363641/11243315_800.jpg)

It comes apart easily and it's fast to setup up.
I bought it with the backpack bag so It could be easy to transport in the van.

The bag it's bigger in reality than what appears on the photos, so it's not a small item, but during a full afternoon soundcheck and a long concert I always regret when I don't take it with me.

 https://www.thomann.de/pt/mey_chair_systems_af_sr_kl_ah_bk_musician_set.htm
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Keith Broughton on August 23, 2019, 07:09:03 am
Gator frameworks guitar stool.  $70 at guitar center and so convenient. Even has back rest.
Seems like a good option , considering the price is half of the Thomann.
Tough to beat the comfort of the drafting chair, and the fact it rolls,  but it is a pain to pack.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: John Halliburton on August 23, 2019, 08:28:06 am

(https://www.thomann.de/pics/bdb/363641/11243315_800.jpg)


Check companies that sell astronomy equipment as well, these style of stools are often sold as observation seats with telescopes.

Otherwise, another option a friend and I have been using is one of these:
https://www.cabelas.com/product/camping/camp-furniture/camp-chairs-stools/pc/104795280/c/104267880/sc/558326880/magnum-director-chair-with-side-table/3113350.uts?slotId=0

Big and sturdy, yet folds up. Side car with drink holder. 

Best regards,

John
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Dan Richardson on August 23, 2019, 09:24:51 am
Has anyone found a decent chair that's easily collapsable yet comfortable enough for use at FOH?

Right now I bring a nice tall drafting chair, but it's such a pain to find room to pack it in the truck.  You'd think someone would make something that comes apart easily and can pack into a reasonably sized package, right?

I have a foam cushion cut to fit on top of a Pelican Storm case.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Keith Broughton on August 23, 2019, 09:30:05 am
I have a foam cushion cut to fit on top of a Pelican Storm case.
I have tried that but, in my case, too hard on the back with no backrest and foot rest.
Still a better option than standing all day :)
Walmart has "directors chairs" for a low cost.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/UBesGoo-Hot-Directors-Chair-30-Inch-Canvas-Tall-Seat-Black-Wood-Makeup-Folding-Chair/565049534 (https://www.walmart.com/ip/UBesGoo-Hot-Directors-Chair-30-Inch-Canvas-Tall-Seat-Black-Wood-Makeup-Folding-Chair/565049534)
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: boburtz on August 23, 2019, 09:35:04 am
Has anyone found a decent chair that's easily collapsable yet comfortable enough for use at FOH?
I have been using an aluminum tall director's chair for a few years now. I got it on Amazon, although they don't still have the one I bought, they have similar ones. It folds pretty flat and can be tossed on top of the truck pack. Mine has held up surprisingly well. It has a little side table attached for paperwork and a refreshment. I liked it so much that when I lost it, I bought another one. Then I found the original so I have two now.
https://www.amazon.com/Trademark-Innovations-Aluminum-Frame-Directors/dp/B015JSB07Y/ref=sr_1_34?keywords=tall+aluminum+folding+chair&qid=1566567248&s=gateway&sr=8-34
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Brian Adams on August 23, 2019, 10:13:12 am
Havenít used one myself, but the CozyRoadie (https://cozyroadie.com/) looks really nice.

I have a Cozy Roadie chair and it's amazing! It's a very nice chair, super comfortable and very well made. It would almost be worth the money if it didn't come apart, but it's amazing to me that it folds up and packs in a case.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Sammy Barr on August 23, 2019, 10:22:47 am
I have used this folding chair for 4 years. Still going strong.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: John P. Farrell on August 23, 2019, 10:59:49 am
I have a Cozy Roadie chair and it's amazing! It's a very nice chair, super comfortable and very well made. It would almost be worth the money if it didn't come apart, but it's amazing to me that it folds up and packs in a case.

I wish they made them in a tall height!  I'd buy one in a second if it allowed me to mix at standing height.  Instead I bring a drafting chair. 
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Rob Spence on August 23, 2019, 12:31:36 pm
I use an EWI M40 series pull case for mix position gear. My wife made a cushion for me to sit on the upended case. The cushion stores in the case.  It isnít a comfy chair but better than standing and the case is there anyway.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Andrew Broughton on August 23, 2019, 02:01:14 pm
I wish they made them in a tall height!  I'd buy one in a second if it allowed me to mix at standing height.  Instead I bring a drafting chair. 
Agreed. I need a drafting-height-chair with wheels.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Jordan Wolf on August 23, 2019, 03:50:22 pm
I wish they made them in a tall height!  I'd buy one in a second if it allowed me to mix at standing height.  Instead I bring a drafting chair.
From their Facebook page...
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Karel Noon on August 24, 2019, 07:53:02 am
I wrote them to see if they ship to Europe, I want one :)
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Andrew Broughton on August 24, 2019, 10:14:17 am
Sent them an e-mail. If they make a tall one, I'll get one. Wish the price was 50% of what they charge, but what are you gonna do?
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Aaron Maurer on August 24, 2019, 09:02:10 pm
I have been using an aluminum tall director's chair for a few years now. I got it on Amazon, although they don't still have the one I bought, they have similar ones. It folds pretty flat and can be tossed on top of the truck pack. Mine has held up surprisingly well. It has a little side table attached for paperwork and a refreshment. I liked it so much that when I lost it, I bought another one. Then I found the original so I have two now.
https://www.amazon.com/Trademark-Innovations-Aluminum-Frame-Directors/dp/B015JSB07Y/ref=sr_1_34?keywords=tall+aluminum+folding+chair&qid=1566567248&s=gateway&sr=8-34
I have been using this for two years and really like it.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Tim McCulloch on August 24, 2019, 09:39:32 pm
I have been using this for two years and really like it.

It got terrible reviews on Amazon, mostly about perceived construction quality, stability, and flimsiness.  Does it just need screw tightening?
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Helge A Bentsen on August 25, 2019, 06:28:31 am
My current FOH-chair.

Extremly comfortable and compact. But not folding. Thinking about DIY-ing it into folding because I want to bring it everywhere with me. Can be disassembled with a screwdriver if needed.

https://www.varierfurniture.com/en_no/webshop/move
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Tiago de Sousa on August 25, 2019, 07:46:31 am
Seems like a good option , considering the price is half of the Thomann.
Tough to beat the comfort of the drafting chair, and the fact it rolls,  but it is a pain to pack.

It looks fine that Gator frameworks guitar stool, although the Mey Chair Systems can be completely unmounted something that the Gator can't
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: boburtz on August 25, 2019, 06:32:56 pm
It got terrible reviews on Amazon, mostly about perceived construction quality, stability, and flimsiness.  Does it just need screw tightening?
The one I have is this:
https://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Deluxe-Folding-Director-Chair/dp/B004TY636I
More of a flat-bar construction than a round tubing.

When I lost it, I had to source the replacement elsewhere (some camping gear website that longer stocks it either), and it was twice the original price. I actually found the original and it's still going strong. It's pretty lightweight, so you would handle it with some element of care (read; don't let the green roadies handle it). Perhaps this one is better than amazon's current offering. It's all riveted together, so no screws to some loose. Flip side is that once it's loose, it can't be retightened. I haven't had that problem yet.
This actually looks like the same one I have:
https://www.calcarcover.com/product/tall-folding-directors-chair/1599
My original was $69 about four years ago.
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Lou Kohley on August 25, 2019, 06:47:25 pm
I've been using this one for the last couple years.

LINKY (https://www.amazon.com/Vestil-CPRO-800LP-Ergonomic-Worker-Capacity/dp/B0052PJFCW/ref=pd_sbs_196_1/141-5377749-0060151?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0052PJFCW&pd_rd_r=55eb89d0-96ab-4ce7-b892-396911e05631&pd_rd_w=omx0M&pd_rd_wg=gniBR&pf_rd_p=43281256-7633-49c8-b909-7ffd7d8cb21e&pf_rd_r=NBW0BAWRFQ04W244KH3X&psc=1&refRID=NBW0BAWRFQ04W244KH3X)

It folds flat and is better than no chair. I usually run a ratchet strap around this and my pelican 1510. The chair is on the top of the 1510, so it functions as the pull handle when rolling the case around. This keeps my whole rig pretty compact and able to get to just about any gig.

LOU
Title: Re: Folding chair for FOH use
Post by: Andrew Broughton on August 26, 2019, 03:00:09 pm
Lots of choices if you don't need wheels.
I need wheels and height and a recline-able full-height back, so the only option seems to be the very expensive Cozy Roadie ATM...