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
Well, the national convention of the AGO is in Nashville next week. My wife and I are really looking forward to it. If you will be in attendance, please look us up in booth 130 in the exhibit hall.
We are constantly looking for improvements in LED light sources for our lamps. We’ve recently purchased LEDs from a new source in China which produce a wonderfully warm color (about 2500-3000 K) and are about 20% brighter than our prior LEDs. We’ve gotten great feedback from the customers of the last few lamps we’ve shipped with these LEDs.
Most of the overhead music lights for organs we ship are brass on hardwood (usually oak) bases. Interestingly, during the last month or two we have had an unusual number of people wanting black lamps. It’s OK by us. We’re just happy to provide excellent lighting for any organist.
I received three phone calls of note this week.
The first call was from Lee Stadeles, an Allen Organ dealer in New Jersey who has been including our music lights on new organs that he sells. He was ordering two more lamps and shared with me that not only do the lights enhance organist’s ability to see and read their music, but that the color of the emitted light enhances the appearance of the organs.
The second call was from an organist. He had been helping an organ technician by “holding keys” while the technician tuned pipes, in another church. If you have ever had the pleasure of holding keys you know what a dull job it is. Well, the organist, out of boredom, noticed the overhead light and started turning it on and off and soon realized what a marvel the light was. As soon as he returned to his own church, he called me and ordered a lamp for his organ.
The third call was from a musician who was excited about the organ just installed in her church, and the overhead light that came with it. She saw the name on the light, and told me that she rushed home and called me immediately, as she just had to have a light for her grand piano.
How gratifying to hear these kind of stories.
I got a call today from an organist who is to give a recital in an unfamiliar church one week from today. She was panicked as she discovered that the organ has very poor lighting, and could we help her out by providing an Ektralamp organ lamp in time for the recital.
To meet the needs of individual organ consoles, we custom make each lamp to order, and our lead time is normally at least two weeks. However, understanding her predicament, we will fast track a lamp and get it to her in time.
After all, what is more important to us than the customer? We are proud for the constant comments we get on not only our outstanding products, but the way we treat customers.
I learned today of a large building with several thousand art works all illuminated by incandescent lights. While the initial cost was relatively low, the cost of ownership has proved very expensive for the labor and material of having to constantly replace burned out bulbs. Not to mention the damage to the artwork from the heat and possibly ultraviolet radiation from the lights.
An organization installing our Ektralamp LED-based lamps today would ultimately have a lower cost of ownership while eliminating heat and UV radiation of other types of lighting.