My Book Won't Stay Open
I just got the International Edition of thr Bach S&P, with the facsimile of the autograph manuscript, but the book is so thick that it won't stay open on my stand. Does anyone have this edition and how should I keep it open? All I can think of is using something to weigh it down, but then I can't see all of my music.
Take it to a good copy center. They can cut off the binding and replace it with a spiral for around $10. I have done that with many of my music books (including ALL of my O'Connor books).
Shortly after this edition (edited by Galamian) came out I dutifully bought it and took it with me to my lesson with Mr. Galamian who commented, "you must not have practiced very much on your Bach since the music doesn't stay open." This, in fact, is a true story.
You can do as Paul suggests, or you can do as Bruce suggests. :-)
How about the Barenreiter? it's staple binded so it'll stay open like a separate part
I have done as Lydia suggests many times, but personally I don't feel that one should have to break the binding on a book to have it lie open. One disadvantage of spiral bindings, though, is that they don't shelve well. But ... do we buy our music to have on our stands where we can play from it, or to sit on a shelf where it will collect dust?
It is supposed to fall apart after many years of usage!
I also use the Szeryng, which is nicely printed. Some of the suggested fingerings are quite useful, but others I don't like. Crossing those out and adding my own makes things a bit cluttered. Pondering to buy an Urtext-edition instead.
I went to a good print shop, had the spine cut off, and the pages spiral-bound. Now it works great. :)
Some years ago I bought a copy of O'Neill's "1001", one of the great compilations of Irish dance music tunes. In order use the book effectively I had to force it to stay open at the pages I was using. A year later the inevitable happened. When was I taking it down from the bookshelf the binding "exploded" and about 100 sheets of music were instantly scattered all over the floor. I collected the sheets, assembled them in order, and spent a few minutes working on them with a 4-hole paper punch, so that I was able to insert them in a 4-ring binder. A perfect and permanent solution.
I know your question had to do with bindings, but I can't help but comment on editions.
To answer your original question, if you live in the US, you can go to FedEx office. They will chop off the binding and spiral bind it for you. Between the chopping and the binding steps, I take the unbound pages home and feed them through a scanner in order to make a PDF and load them into ForScore.
Clothespins. You're welcome.
Binder clips should do it.
Take a metal clothes hanger, cut off the top section at the 90 degree bends where it squares off coming into the hook part, bend the two ends back into little loops and then you have a thin holder that should keep the book open with minimal visual obstruction of the pages. The long part goes against the spine of the book and the two looped ends are on the inside against the pages. Cheap, easy, effective, don't have to modify your book.
I use binder clips - you can clip the book open onto your stand, or use the clip wire wings to hold your book open.
Hire a page turner until you have it memorized.
You can just print the facsimile from IMSLP...?