Dean’s New Glasses Are The Right Tool for The Job

Now musician Dean can see the music thanks to his new glasses

For the serious musician, music is more than just a hobby! For most of us it is our “passion”. Many of us are lucky enough to carve out a career in the music industry. Not just as musicians, but working with musicians, providing a service, just like Allegro Optical. Some dedicated musicians choose to follow a career in instrument making and repair. Dean Pelling of Dean Pelling Woodwind and Brass is one gentleman who has made music his life. Born and bred in Hastings, Dean is an active member of the local music scene, having played the trumpet and cornet since the age of 10. Dean studied at the prestigious City of Leeds College of Music, gaining a distinction and winning the coveted friends of C.L.C.M prize for Instrument Technology in 1989. Dean then set up Dean Pelling Woodwind and Brass. He learned to play and test all brass and woodwind instruments as part of all his repair work. Working with both professional and amateur players from all over the country, Dean uses a mix of traditional skills, modern tooling and techniques. He is well known within the industry as a first-class repairer and instrument technician.

Photograph by kind permission of Chris Johnson Photography 

Focusing on the music

Dean loves his music and he enjoys his work. He plays both Trumpet and Cornet regularly with Battle Town Band, many local big bands, choral societies and pit orchestras. But Dean was becoming increasingly frustrated as he struggles to maintain adequate focus on the music on the stand. While still in his 40s, Dean was experiencing the early symptoms of presbyopia. He also had an issue with convergence insufficiency, including symptoms such as blurred vision at the music stand, eye fatigue and frequent loss of place when reading music. Following an internet search, Dean discovered Allegro Optical and contacted us. There then followed a few conversations regarding lens options and the taking of some measurements remotely. Dean sent us his prescription and his own frame. He opted for the performers’ lenses, which we glazed with some base-in prism in addition to Deans prescription. We utilised the prism to help alleviate the symptoms of presbyopia and convergence insufficiency. By using base in prism, We were able to glaze Deans prescription remotely without him having to travel up to the North of England, as we have built up a huge database of musicians lens designs, based on each instrument and many prescriptions. Dean is now able to maintain his focus on his sheet music on the stand. He can enjoy a wider field of view and still see the conductor.

Always Insured

We posted Deans new glasses to him but unfortunately, Royal Mail failed to deliver the parcel. We dispatch all our prescription eyewear using a fully insured, tracked and signed for service. The idea being that the glasses reach their destination quickly and safely. Occasionally things go wrong and the package goes missing. Dean contacted us to say it hadn’t arrived, so we claimed on the insurance. We sourced a replacement frame for Dean and reproduced the lenses, and dispatched the new glasses to Dean as quickly as possible. Having used his new glasses for a few times Dean said; “Wow – what a difference the specs have made, I no longer have eye strain after a long rehearsal or gig. The only downside is that I can clearly see the conductor as well as the music!”

The “Musicians’ Optician”

Musicians can present the dispensing optician with many challenges both regarding working distances and head position. But with the right approach and asking pertinent questions, these issues can all be resolved. As the current Dispensing Optician of the Year Allegro Optical is becoming well known for our specialism in correcting musicians. As the only BAPAM register optical practice in the UK we produce individual solutions to suit their individual needs which are not available elsewhere. As musicians ourselves, the team at Allegro Optical approach the musician’s vision problems from a musicians perspective. We have built up a considerable following as a result. We are passionate about the specific visual needs of musicians, performers and presenters. Our clients are wide-ranging, from professional classical musicians to members of well-known brass bands. We also help music teachers, performers, TV presenters and dancers as well as keen amateur musicians of all genres and those who have taken up a new instrument later in life.

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