You don’t see a lot of reviews of piano benches or keyboard benches. And there’s a good reason for that. There’s just not that much to say about them. Sure, there are a few reviews out there and even some videos about them, but that’s nothing compared to, say, the keyboards themselves.
So I’ll give you a brief review here of the Yamaha PKBB1 bench that is currently a top seller at Amazon. In fact, if you just want to check the pricing and availability of this Yamaha bench right now, you can click (tap) the link just below.
Most model “numbers” have a meaning built into them. My guess is that the PKBB1 stands for “Padded Keyboard Bench Black” and that this is the first such bench (thus the “1” at the end) that Yamaha has produced.
As you can see below, this is a very nice, simple bench. It has thick padding which is on the firmer side, so don’t expect to sink in. If you’re looking for something with a bit more “cush” to it, you’ll have to search elsewhere.
The seat is only wide enough for one person, even if you’re really skinny. So if you want to play duets on the keyboard, you’ll either need an additional bench or you’ll have to find a wider one – more like those traditional wooden benches that come with acoustic pianos.
The main selling point, besides the attractive price, of this Yamaha keyboard bench is that it’s adjustable. There are 3 holes in each of the X legs. To make a height change, you unscrew the large knob, pull out the bolt, move the legs to align a new pair of holes, insert the bolt, and tighten the knob. Simple.
The lowest you can set the bench is about 17 ½ inches. The highest adjustment puts it at 19 ½ inches, so the center holes should position you at 18 ½ inches. One of those three heights should be just right for where your piano keyboard or synth sits on its own stand.
The video below isn’t exactly pro quality, but it does show you what you get in the box – a bench – and how to make adjustments, so it’s probably worth watching (perhaps at 1.5x replay speed).
With the overall good quality, backed by Yamaha, and a price that won’t set you back very much at all, I highly recommend the sturdy PKBB1 piano bench, if all you need is a single-person, black, adjustable keyboard seat.