This will surprise some on the List, BUT:
After years of fiddling around with improvised stuff, I finally just
bit the bullet and bought an expensive "Steinway-style" piano bench,
and I wouldn't be without it now for the world. For the record: I was
able to get mine in an acceptible dark brown that, though it doesn't
exactly "fit" with my walnut "Vaudry," it certainly doesn't shout for
something long, massive and black.
I do recall, though, that some years ago the fine San Francisco
builder Kevin Fryer had access to a supplier of more delicate
adjustible benches for his harpsichord clients. I don't recall them
having much in the way of period 'style,' but they were certainly
"mostly harmless" from a visual point of view.
I got mine from International Piano Supply in nearby Astoria, Oregon.
I got a good Jansen artist bench in satin "mahogany" finish. It cost
under $400, which I don't think is too expensive. The catalogue looks
pretty tacky, but the bench has increased my comfort while playing
enormously, and has never called attention to itself in performance.
>Has anyone out there found a source or maker of adjustable benches or
>stools which look compatible with somewhat historically styled
>harpsichords? Most of the kinds associated with pianos look good only
>with something long, massive, and black. They also tend to be very
>expensive. I did look at the Zuckerman site, which lists benches in
>its Parts section, but there are no photos (and they are expensive).
Owen Daly Early Keyboard Instruments
557 Statesman St. NE
Salem, OR 97301