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Piano candle holder with flicker-flame bulb

Piano candle holder with flicker-flame bulb

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I converted these piano candle holder brackets to electric with flicker-flame bulbs. The "candle sticks" were from a pair of battery operated candle lights. I just discarded their base and bulbs. The flicker-flame bulbs are from the USA as I could not get ones with a small enough bulb here. As a result they are running off a 240 to 120v step-down transformer. The primary role of the transformer is to run a solenoid-operated self-playing mechanism in the piano.

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Sep 25, 2015 at 01:02 PM Author: merc
Looks very nice. Is it a mechanical metronome on the top?

Not a misoLEDist...

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Sep 25, 2015 at 01:12 PM Author: sol
Nice !

I prefer the mechanical metronomes, the oscillating arm vaguely resembles the arm of an orchestra conductor, which helps me anticipate the next beat. With computer metronomes, you don't quite get that effect. I have a mechanical one, but since time does not permit rigorous piano practice, it doesn't get much use. A couple of years ago when I started taking lessons again, I had to wind the metronome about 2-3 times per practice session, every day !
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Sep 25, 2015 at 02:46 PM Author: Ash
Awesome setup !

At first i thought its a factory "melting tube" chandelier setup (E14 socket in a frame that can go up or down, and a "melted plastic tube" that is inserted over the assembly to imitate a candle with wax drips). You used threaded tube that the sockets screw on here ?

How it was about threading the cable through the arm ? Do they go inside the piano or outside ? (if inside is there any effect on the sound ?)

The transformer is overkill - just wire the lamps in series, or add an external additional resistor in series with each lamp
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Sep 25, 2015 at 04:41 PM Author: Flurofan96
Do you play the piano, rapidstart?

A 240V guy severely underpowered by the presence of 120V

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Sep 25, 2015 at 07:20 PM Author: rapidstart
Thanks for the positive comments everyone.

@merc & sol: yes, it's a mechanical metronome from the 1960's which I used when learning the piano.

@Ash: the tubes are from a pair of battery candle lights. The tubes represent a candle stick and were fitted to a decorative plastic gold base. The tubes also contained two AA batteries. I just removed them from the base and drilled a hole near the bottom for the cable. All the cable is run externally to prevent damage to the piano. The cable is just tied along the arm with cotton thread. The wires are soldered directly to the screw base of the bulbs as I could not find a socket to fit into the tube. I know it seems a bit rough and probably is. The bulbs are neon flicker flames. Regarding your comment that the transformer is overkill, it was already there to operate the automatic self-playing mechanism fitted inside the piano. When the automatic playing system is powered on, the candles light.

@Flurofan96: I learnt piano for around 6 years but gave it up after the first year or two of high school.

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Sep 25, 2015 at 09:34 PM Author: Ash
Makes me wonder, what about making the candle lamps battery powered (rechargeable) ? The Neon lamp takes ~3W, a pair of AA rechargeable batteries can supply this power for an hour. An 18650 for longer. A tiny inverter to make the HV for the Neon would probably fit in there as well
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