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Hand Warmer? #2933886 01/14/20 06:38 PM
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The room my piano is in gets a bit chilly this time of year. Does anyone know of a mini space heater of some kind that can be mounted on or near a piano and provides some warmth where your hands are?

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Re: Hand Warmer? [Re: KenBakerMN] #2933950 01/14/20 09:13 PM
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You could try posting this in the Piano Forum. You'll probably get some comments about not subjecting your piano to point heat sources, which is what you would need to warm your hands. If the room isn't too large, you could try heating the entire room with a small plug in heater placed not too close to your piano. You could also try fingerless gloves.


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I use a terrarium heater of 50 w, which is an infrared source with no visible light output. It has a standard lamp base. It's mounted in a small gooseneck lamp pointed straight at my hands on the keyboard. It can be turned off when not in use.
You have to be careful not to touch it, because it gets hot, and it doesn't emit any visible light as a warning.


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I would suggest keeping your wrists warm with something; much heat can be lost through them.


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Originally Posted by joflah
I use a terrarium heater of 50 w, which is an infrared source with no visible light output. It has a standard lamp base. It's mounted in a small gooseneck lamp pointed straight at my hands on the keyboard. It can be turned off when not in use.
You have to be careful not to touch it, because it gets hot, and it doesn't emit any visible light as a warning.

I would have thought that quite a lot of the heat must go straight on to the piano. Perhaps not very good for it?

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I'd avoid any heat aimed at/near the Piano. Warm the whole space, although if you're only warming it for the time you're in there, that might not be too great for the Piano either depending on how much a temp change we're talking.

Hands will be warmer if you're warmer, so wear a wool hat and some nice thick socks and give your body less reason to pull blood away from your toes and fingers. Fingerless gloves could be an option too, depending on whether you find they get in your way or not.



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I use a terrarium heater of 50 w, which is an infrared source with no visible light output. It has a standard lamp base. It's mounted in a small gooseneck lamp pointed straight at my hands on the keyboard. It can be turned off when not in use.
You have to be careful not to touch it, because it gets hot, and it doesn't emit any visible light as a warning.

I would have thought that quite a lot of the heat must go straight on to the piano. Perhaps not very good for it?


The key surfaces are warmed a little, but not too much, whereas the radiant heat keeps my hands from stiffening up. And it's just for an hour or two.


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Hey folks, thanks for the ideas. I kind of like the 50w terrarium heater idea. It's a digital piano, which doesn't mean I can abuse it but I'm not worried about tuning. I also may try a floor heater pad that people put under desks.

The ideal would be to warm the whole space, as someone suggested, but it's a large-ish basement area and because of the way the house is designed if the basement is made comfortably warm the upstairs gets too hot.

It's not really a serious problem, it doesn't get cold, just a bit cool (in the thermodynamic sense, not the Miles Davis sense). Just wanted to hear how other people handled it, so again thanks for the ideas.

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I find that washing/bathing my hands in nice warm water before playing makes an enormous difference to the fluency of my playing.


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