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#1333995 - 12/26/09 09:27 AM Piano Lamp for stage piano
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This may seem like a simple thing to bring up here. I am just curious as to how others are dealing with what I consider a real problem.

I have a Yamaha CP300 stage piano. I just purchased the music stand that is made for it (attaches to the backside of the keyboard) and a lamp that clips on to the top of the music stand.

The problem is that when I play, I see the glare of the lamp on the keys. I have tried various positions of the lamp but I can see this is not going to work.

Is there a solution for this issue ?
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#1334067 - 12/26/09 12:28 PM Re: Piano Lamp for stage piano [Re: dmd]
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Sound like you may need something that is adjustable.

Check out http://www.mightybright.com/Music_Lights/CategoryProductList.html

Lawrence
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#1334100 - 12/26/09 01:33 PM Re: Piano Lamp for stage piano [Re: dmd]
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Originally Posted By: dmd

The problem is that when I play, I see the glare of the lamp on the keys. I have tried various positions of the lamp but I can see this is not going to work.

Is there a solution for this issue ?



I found a very different solution, a narrow beam halogen spot mounted 9 feet above the ground and in back of the piano bench aimed downward over my shoulder. Pianos, even DPs don't move around much so one you get it aimed it works.

Glare is what they call "specular reflection" of the light source and follows the equal angle rule. You need to position the light some place that breaks that rule.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specular_reflection

In practical terms this means placing the light somehow closer to you so the light and your line of vision are closer to parallel.


Edited by ChrisA (12/26/09 01:36 PM)

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#1334122 - 12/26/09 02:08 PM Re: Piano Lamp for stage piano [Re: ChrisA]
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For what it's worth I bought one of those "Duet-2 Music Lights" and was very disappointed with it, I don't think LED technology is up to the reading sheet music job yet.
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#1334636 - 12/27/09 12:02 PM Re: Piano Lamp for stage piano [Re: crusadar]
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Thanks for the replies.

I am now using a regular floor lamp with 2 100-watt bulbs. I place the lamp behind me and slightly to the side so there is no shadow on the music. It seems to work fine. That will have to suffice until something better comes along.
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#1335252 - 12/28/09 07:26 AM Re: Piano Lamp for stage piano [Re: dmd]
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I've purchased a couple of mighty bright lights over the years. They should be called mighty dim. I think they are junk.

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#1335313 - 12/28/09 09:30 AM Re: Piano Lamp for stage piano [Re: cjsm]
Morodiene Offline
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I have an LED desk lamp with an adjustable arm that I have on my DP. This isn't really practical for gigging, but it is plenty bright and there's no problems with glare as I can turn it to focus directly on the sheet music. Have you tried those inexpensive lamps that orchestra members use? They are black with the clamp and a hood intended to focus on the music. Since they're are made to sit on a black metal music stand, they are made of the same material. I'd recommended putting some felt or padding on the clamp part to avoid any scratching on the DP music stand.

For $20 (and I'm sure you can find cheaper) it might be worth checking out:
http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Giardinelli-Universal-KlipLight?sku=810029
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#1335334 - 12/28/09 10:13 AM Re: Piano Lamp for stage piano [Re: Morodiene]
Melodialworks Music Offline
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Loc: Canada
Just to clarify. I'm using my Mighty Bright to supplement the room light. (And, I personally don't like really bright lights. (Hurts my eyes). Works for me. (I like the small footprint, and adjustable function, and lack of power cord).

Lawrence
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