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#2102644 - 06/14/13 09:07 PM Piano light recommendation
GretchensPianos Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 131
Loc: MA
Hi Everybody,

2 or 3 weeks ago, I played rehearsals for the Brahms Requiem. The rehearsals happened to be in a space with poor lighting.

One of the singers brought a light for me to use in the 2nd rehearsal. It worked so well that I now have one of my own.

It's a double mini-book light made by Mighty Bright, called Duet2. The beauty of it is that it lights both the left and right-hand pages completely, no glare, no shadows. The lights are adjustable in terms of brightness and position. And they don't shine in the audience's eyes.

I paid $20.33.

The other wonderful thing about this light is that it's so easy to carry around! I no longer have a need for the older music stand lights used in pit orchestras.

You can see it here: Mighty Bright Duet2 at Amazon.com

Gretchen Saathoff
Director of Music
Christ United Methodist Church, Northampton, MA
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#2102676 - 06/14/13 10:39 PM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: GretchensPianos]
Eric Gloo Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 1312
Loc: Richfield Springs, New York
I've used one of these for a few years, and it is really nice. The batteries last a long time, too...although fresh batteries will give you the brightest light. Many local high schools have switched to these for their pit orchestras. Some pit members complained that the light isn't bright enough. I suggested they try 2 lights on one stand, and that worked very well.
Eric Gloo
Piano Technician
Certified Dampp-Chaser Installer
Richfield Springs, New York

#2102680 - 06/14/13 10:57 PM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: GretchensPianos]
Aaron Garner Offline
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Registered: 07/24/12
Posts: 56
Loc: Sacramento, Ca
Great information. I've tried different battery-operated lights and they are never bright enough for me. Plus they never cover two pages. This one sounds like it might do the trick. Thanks for sharing this.
2013 Mason and Hamlin BB
Full-time music professor (theory) and jazz pianist

#2102710 - 06/15/13 12:06 AM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: GretchensPianos]
Almaviva Offline
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 842
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
Good idea. Thanks.

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#2102862 - 06/15/13 11:17 AM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: GretchensPianos]
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Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 475
Loc: Arkansas
These are great to have for any power outage emergency, clip to a cabinet door and you can provide plenty of ambient lighting in a kitchen for cooking, wear around your neck clipped to the back of your shirt color. I used one extensively for 7 days in an ice storm. Great in the car too.

#2102962 - 06/15/13 03:48 PM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: GretchensPianos]
laguna_greg Offline
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Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 1510
Loc: guess where in CA and WA
I keep several on hand for rehearsals at my house. The track lighting is focused on the piano, so string players often have a hard time seeing past dusk. These solve the problem and work great.

When I go out to rehearsal, I never leave home without at least one. That, and white-out, hiliters, pencils, two vinyl erasers, tape, an extra binder, and at least two meals in an insulated bag plus an MP3 recorder.

Is that excessive, you think?

Now if only we could solve the problem of turning pages as easily...

Edited by laguna_greg (06/15/13 03:49 PM)
Edit Reason: oops!
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#2102997 - 06/15/13 05:31 PM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: GretchensPianos]
ClsscLib Offline

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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 2161
Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
I've tried those too, and for what they are, they're great.

To me, though, this is the VERY BEST portable, battery-powered (and rechargeable!) lighting solution -- by a wide margin:


The Lotus Light is a simple, elegant, wonderful device that changed my musical life for the better, and I can't say enough good things about it. Not inexpensive, but worth well more than twice the price.

BTW, I have no connection with Lotus Lights except as a happy customer -- I've bought three, and I recommend them to every musician I know.

"People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."

-- Florence Foster Jenkins

#2103126 - 06/16/13 12:11 AM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: ClsscLib]
Dave Ferris Offline
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Registered: 03/12/07
Posts: 1761
Loc: Glendale, Ca.
That Lotus light looks very cool ! Thanks, I'm going to check into that.

In my studio, on the D, I've been using the House of Troy lamp. It works well and no complaints.

And then an older HOT model that's similar, but discontinued, for my Nord Piano live on gigs. It illuminates everything well, but it's not made for clamping on a thin profile, metal music rack, like on the Nord. Plus it's a bit large and unwieldily to fit the cord/accessories bag.

The LL LED34 looks perfect.

2005 NY Steinway D | Yamaha CP4 | CP5

#2145137 - 09/06/13 08:40 AM Re: Piano light recommendation [Re: GretchensPianos]
Marko in Boston Online   blank
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/30/12
Posts: 1108
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts
Gretchen, I recently needed a battery or usb powered light for mostly gigs in poor light. I read your post and thought I would try a Duet2. I figured if I didn't like it I would use it as an odd funky flashlight for $20. Well, to my surprise this light is the truly the best, so much that I even use it at home now as my primary piano light. I love that fact that it has two light heads that can spread across the keyboard and 2 brightness settings. In some live performances i just use one head set low. It gives just enough light without drawing attention. AC adapter is a bonus. I keep the ac adapter at home and use 3AAA batteries when on the road. Exactly what I was looking for and only $20! Great recommendation. Thank You

Below is my Kawai ES7 at home with the Duet2:


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