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Hidrau Tokyo Tech Piano Stool If you are buying a state-of-the-art piano, you need the right stool to complete the ‘ look’.

Hidrau’s BC39 Tokyo Tech piano stool is a leader in its field, providing effortless, automatic adjustment thanks to its innovative Hidrau Tech design. This gives the player complete control over their comfort and posture, using a silent, stable and discrete mechanism for raising and lowering the seat. It is currently the only piano stool on the market that employs a dual gas spring system.

Available in a range of colours and fabrics, the Hidrau Tokyo Tech has a beech wood frame with handmade capitone padding using 60mm high-density foam. The legs are equipped with rubber levellers trimmed with brass rings to adjust to any stage. From £850.

Pianolift Pianolift allows any kind of piano to be moved by one person. This patented system uses a hydraulic arm that fits under the reinforcing beams of the instrument, allowing the operator to tip a concert grand piano on its side or lift an upright piano and move it up or down stairs, effortlessly and completely safely. No other accessories are required.

Pianolift has been designed and tested to handle pianos weighing up to 600 kilos, making it suitable for moving even the largest concert grand, including the mighty Fazioli F308.

The current model, Pianolift2, features a hydraulic system that gently tips the piano onto an adjustable platform and sets it back on its feet just as easily. The piano is lifted with its legs and lyre by a hydraulic arm that takes support directly under the woodblock, the strongest part of the instrument. It is fastened to the machine with two classic belts, then tipped into a vertical position. This neat, compact unit is designed and distributed by the US-based company Pianolift in association with Italian manufacturer CTE. Price on request. IP

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