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    We built a front porch recently and half my motivation for doing so was to be able to have a nice area to sit outside and play music. Obviously, this is going to be convenient during COVID for having people over to jam, but also some of my favorite memories as a kid were sitting on the porch with my grandfather while he played Bluegrass dobro.

    This may be an odd question, but, does anyone have good suggestions for comfortable front porch furniture that is conducive to mandolin playing? Most stuff I've seen has huge arm rests that get in the way of holding an instrument. Rocking chairs are classic, but I've never actually been comfortable playing an instrument in one. Also, my porch isn't covered (more of a patio, really), so the furniture will need to be weatherproof. Any ideas or killer "front porch music setups" someone could share?

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    We use easily portable armless chairs, so we can bring them in or take them camping. The glider is best used for sipping beverages after playing
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    Just sit in the middle

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    I have metal armless chairs. I keep the cushions inside, bring them out when folks come over to jam. Also I have a over turned milk crate with a board on it so people have a place to put down their tuners, capos, picks, adult beverages, and the occasional cigarette or pipe.
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    I've seen wooden Adirondak chairs modified to eliminate the right-side arm. Probably best for, ya know, laid-back music?
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    Punch up "Ice Cream Parlor" chairs........iron chairs with easily replaceable seats. I replaced mine with wood, painted them and just leave them sit in the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajh View Post
    Punch up "Ice Cream Parlor" chairs........iron chairs with easily replaceable seats. I replaced mine with wood, painted them and just leave them sit in the weather.
    I wouldn't have even thought of Ice Cream Parlor chairs. Definitely looking into that.

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    I've seen wooden Adirondak chairs modified to eliminate the right-side arm. Probably best for, ya know, laid-back music?
    I'm using Adirondack chairs now. Besides the arm rest problem, the seat angles backward. I guess that would be fine if you wanted a "laid-back" feel. I almost always want a flat seat when I play music, though.

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    If your porch or patio is like a wooden deck, and large enough, consider building in benches around the perimeter for extra seating and good places to sit and pick.
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