Loud music

Do you find loud music everywhere today to be annoying? My wife and I returned recently from a wonderful two-week cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. It was wonderful in all respects – save one. The music everywhere is earsplitting, especially in the theater! I returned a couple of nights after attending a show to my cabin with my ears ringing for the better part of the night.

Now this is not unique to this ship or even to any pop music venues today. This is a common problem almost everywhere. I find it so prevalent that I’ve begun to think maybe the problem is me. So I asked my children and their children about their opinions. They are all in agreement that music is simply too loud. My granddaughter and her mother had been to a Taylor Swift show and felt their ears had been blown out.

The questions I have is 1) why does the music need to be so blasted loud, and 2) what can we do about it?

Relative to the second question I wrote a complaint to Celebrity, but I’m sure it will fall on “deaf” ears!

An invisible picture light?

We have often commented that due to the design of our lamps they almost disappear and make it difficult to determine where the light is coming from.

Take a look at this 75″ long picture light. Can’t see it? It is painted white to match the crown molding and is directly about the picture. You can probably detect the six mounting legs easier than the lamp75-inch picture  light

New web site

We have recently reworked our website. It has a newer, fresher look and provides even more information about our products.

Significantly the new site is mobile-friendly so the pages should appear much better on smart phones.

We welcome your comments and input on our site.

Declined credit cards

I’ve recently learned that some customers have not been able to purchase on our website as their cards have been declined – even when they have been able to make purchases with the same cards elsewhere.

To try to resolve this I have communicated with PayPal, who processes our credit card transactions, and received this reply from them:

“…There is not easy answer as to why the charges are being declined without looking at specific examples, but there are some general reasons. As you may know, credit card fraud is very high and as result, many financial institutions have raised their fraud protections which results in more charges being declined. The majority of cards are declined from the card issuer, not from PayPal. While your customers may complete transactions elsewhere there could be factors involved such as past history with a particular vendor, what is typical or atypical in their spending patterns, if they are traveling, how they are logging in etc. If you can provide us some examples we can try to determine something more specific for you. In many cases, the cardholder may need to contact us directly, or their card provider for details on their card.”

So, if you have trouble ordering, please contact your credit card company and/or call me or send me an email (440-871-0976, or sales@ektralamp.com. We really would like to have your business.

Will Limkemann
Ektralamp LLC

Pot hanger light

I love creativity. A couple of months ago a guy found our picture lamp website and called me to discuss his kitchen renovation. His need was a brass pot hanger that would also serve as a light over part of the counter and sink. After some discussion we arrived at a solution – a 60 inch picture light with special mounting brackets that would attach to the underside of a shelf. To match other brass in the kitchen he wanted the lamp to have a plain finish with no protective coating. This would allow the brass to age gracefully and develop a nice patina. Here is the result. He is delighted with it.

fuller kitchen light

In Memorium – John A Schantz

On Saturday my wife and I attended the memorial service in Orrville, Ohio, for John Schantz formal tonal director and CEO of the Schantz Organ Company. Having lived to 93 John lived a long, interesting, and productive life.

I had the distinct pleasure of knowing John as my mentor and boss during my brief tenure as a voicer and finisher at Schantz when I was quite young.

John was well respected in the pipe organ world as he, his brother, and cousin built Schantz into a significant presence and major builder of pipe organs. John was a consummate musician who loved to play the piano for anyone who would listen. He was a dedicated family man, and a driving force in the community in which he lived.

The world will miss you John and long remember you.



Lighting up Scandanavia

I just received the August issue of The American Organist, the official publication of the American Guild of Organists. On the cover is a picture of the first American organ to be installed in Denmark – an interesting organ made by Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders of Mocksville North Carolina. Upon careful examination of the picture one sees a horizontal brass tube above the music rack, which just happens to be one of our Ektralamp organ music lamps. The lamp is more visible in a picture of the console in the internal article about the organ. So, not only is the Lewtak the first American organ in Denmark, but the organ has also the first Ektralamp light in Denmark.

During the next week we will be shipping our second light to Scandinavia, as we send a grand piano lamp to a customer in Norway.

These lamps represent in a small way the increasing national appreciation of our quality music lights. We have shipped numerous lamps to Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland.



Enriching Kids

I just received the following e-mail from Kimberly Osgood at EnrichingKids.com. Interesting.

My name is Kimberly and I work with the Youth Development and Education Initiative at Enriching Kids. We have been using http://www.ektralamp.com/links.htm a lot while teaching the kids about various musical instruments and wanted to send you a quick email saying how helpful your site has been!

Two of our kids, Grace and Claire, did some research on their own and found this page http://www.theaterseatstore.com/theater-organ that contains some great resources. I was hoping you would add it to your page. I think it would be a great addition to your site and could benefit a lot of people!

Kimberly Osgood

Great endorsement for piano lamps

I just received this e-mail from a new customer:

Dear Will:
Your light arrived Friday. All of my expectations were met: complete matte black color, even light, dispersed light, switch placement and your customer service. Together, all of these elements complete for a wonderful product. Now only if the light would significantly improve my piano skills your fame would supply a splendid retirement!
A grateful customer,