My wife and I celebrated our 50th anniversary, with our family, on a cruise from Bayone NJ to Bermuda. Ten of us all together. Ship was Celebrity Summit. Wonderul cruise, nice weather, endless delicious food, and great times with the family.
Disappointment on the cruise was the endless loud amplified music everywhere on the ship (I guess my age is showing).
However, the most delightful parts of the cruise were four operatic events given by the .the Opera Theater of Connecticut with talks by Alan Mann. A trio performed arias, duets and trios from Pucciini and Verdi. Heavenly!
Thank you Celebrity and Alan Mann. I hope there are encore performances.
The Cleveland Plain dealer recently ran a story about an Oberlin College professor who has studied the problem of corrosion and consequent failure of organ pipes. The article will be of interest in people in the industry and those interested in pipe organ history.The article is available at:
Oberlin College researcher helps fight corrosion in historic pipe organs
I received a call this week from an organist who commented that an organ builder charged the church several hundred thousand dollars for a magnificent new pipe organ but did not consider that the organist needs to be able to see the music on the rack. This echoes the sentiment I’ve heard from so many organists that are so thankful that they have found us and our overhead music lighting products.
I’ve had a sense that many organ builders are so vain about their designs that they don’t want the interference of overhead lighting or lights supplied by a third party. That is a shame.
I’m delighted to say, however, that a number of companies are have incorporated our lights into their organ consoles. These companies include:
Goulding and Wood
Randall Dyer and Associates
Several Rogers and Allen organ dealers, and many organ service companies, are now also providing or recommending the Ektralamp organ music lights to their customers.
Let there be light!
A little over a week ago my seven year old grand-daughter asked her mom, do hurricanes ever come to Ohio. Mom answered “of course not”. Well, guess what. We got hammered by Sandy with winds off of lake Erie approaching 80 miles per hour.
Bay Village, home of my residence and business, was one of the hardest hit areas, with lots of trees blown over. In turn, power was disrupted – no, not disrupted – but devastated.
Our power went out at 10:00 PM Monday and came back on at 3:00 Sunday afternoon. Even with a fire going in our fireplace every night, the temperature still dropped to 52 degrees on Sunday.
My wife and I were not entirely in the dark, however. We found a new use for battery powered Ektralamp music lights. They make wonderful reading lights during a power outage.
To those of you who have ordered lights, know that our production came to a standstill last week, but we are now back in business. However, we are still about one week behind. Thank you for your patience.
We are pleased to have been recently selected to provide 29 brass art lights for a luxury apartment. The lights are in a number of sizes, with each light sized to fit the picture for which it is intended. The smallest lamp is 10″ wide, and the largest is 100″ wide.
Last week we shipped a custom lamp for lighting the music for a Clavinoa. The light was unique in that the base is only 3 1/2 inches deep. The lamp is 30 inches wide and is all black in color.
For some time we have been listing lectern lamps on our website but have not really had time to promote these to the extent that we should. In spite of our inattention, this month we received a couple of orders. One for a pulpit in a synagogue and the other for a lectern in a funeral home.
A potential customer approached me at the AGO national convention earlier this month and said he wanted to get his mother a lamp for her grand piano. The problem was that her piano is white and he did not think a black light would look good. I explained that, as we custom build each lamp to order, that we would have no problem in providing a white lamp – at no additional cost. He ordered a white light, and last week we shipped it. It’s such fun to satisfy our customers!
I was thrilled last week to receive an e-mail from Gregory Largent, the Director of Music Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw Michigan. Gregory has been using our overhead organ music lamp for about two years. Here is what he wrote:
“I want you to know what a fine product you have made with the LED Console Lamp. Even my largest scores are completely lit with a crisp even light. The artists on the church’s concert series have all been pleased with the light. They want to know where I got it…. so I keep your card handy to share with the organists. We have had the light for two years and it has performed flawlessly! Thank you for such a fine product.”
Thanks, Gregory. Your testimonial, and so many other like it, help us realize that others agree that we have a quality product that meets a real need.
We’re back from the AGO (American Guild of Organists) national convention in Nashville.What a long, hot, yet successful week it was. I do believe outside temperature was over 100 degrees every day.
We were pleased with the traffic at our exhibit, and so happy that so many of our lamp customers stopped by to tell tell us how much they enjoy and appreciate our products.
Our give away was a black grand piano/music stand lamp. One hundred sixty eight people signed up for a chance to win. The randomly drawn winner was John Friesen, an organist at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln Nebraska, and who also works for the Bedient Organ Company. Congratulations John!
John Friesen - Ektralamp winner