Labeling music stands
I loan out my music stands pretty frequently, and I want to ensure that each of them (and their constituent parts, if applicable) has a label with my name and contact information.
The label should stay reliably affixed to a Manhasset or Peak stand. I'd like it to be discrete but reasonably elegant -- a black gloss background with gold/silver lettering preferred.
I use sites like NameBubbles to do labels for the approximately one zillion things that I have to label for school/camp for my kid, but they don't have anything that looks professional.
Alternatively, if you've found a good permanent marker solution, I'm not averse to doing that instead.
Basically what you want is an address label and then just secure that by taping over it nicely with packing tape.
My stands have a thick strip of masking tape on the underside of the music ledge, with GOREE handwritten in black sharpie. Elegant it is not, but it doesn't show to an audience, and it does the job.
I just have an address label with "Malcolm" written on it.
Is engraving too permanent ? I have a cheap engraver ( that I never use) - have no idea where it came from. You would probably need to practice a bit first.
I print my email address, cut out the rectangle, and fasten it a few places on the stand. Scotch tape. This is a Peak stand so one on the removable shelf, on on the back (but facing the player) and one on a leg.
Stephen's method is how we label chemicals in the lab. Works great. Interesting that labels written in pencil remain legible longer than those written in pen.
I would conceal a GPS tracking device on each music stand you loan out. Then you could send an email to the borrower from an anonymous email address that says something like "Ahem, did you forget to return the music stand that someone generously loaned to you, and that's in the back of your car right now, parked near the intersection of First and Maple Streets? It sure would be a shame if someone had to ask their cousin Vinny to go and ask nicely for you to return it. Capiche?"
Hah. Thanks for the suggestions thus far!
uhm, I do label my stuff but now I realise it's not elegant at all. I bought really really pink tape en marked everything with that. I have written my name on it, and on the expensive things also my email adress. Not elegant but very effective and very 'me' ;)
Spend $30 on a ribbon-label printer from Brother or Dymo and another $10 on a gold-on-black ribbon cartridge.
I always crack up when I see the stencil spray-painted Blue Devil on a lot of the Duke rehearsal room stands.
Hah. I do own a label printer as I label every light switch in the house, and when my son was a baby, every drawer, container etc. to keep my husband organized.
I would do the reverse, black lettering on gold using gold foil laser printer labels. This way I can have full name and address on a small elegant sticky label.
The reason university stands have such obnoxious stencil lettering is because stenciling is easy and it deters theft. If you want to repaint the Manhasset stand that you stole from Duke University (just a random example! LOL!!) then the paint you want is Rust-Oleum No. 7220830 Textured Black spray paint. It restores Manhasset stands like nothing else.
Yeah, I lose a lot of respect for colleagues when I see that "their" stand at the gig says University of Michigan [or other famous music school]
I like to etch "Stolen from David Burgess" into everything I lend, using a "Burgess vibrotool", of course. This seems to give lent items a good and quick return rate.
Spray paint and stencil would be my first choice for my Manhassets, too. :-)
You guys need to start a new thread: "Stealing music stands."
I have sheets of small labels (about 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches), designed to be run through a laser printer for return address labels. I just write my name on one with a Sharpie and stick it to the pole. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done without being too obtrusive.
I used a marker pen on one of mine more recently, I have a music stand covered in dolphin stickers (I have had it since I was 7 or so), and another music stand with a blob of nail varnish on the underside the the music holding ledge bit, to signify that it is mine. The nail varnish is quite effective, it just doesn't come off!
Given how inflated tuition is nowadays, they should hand out those stenciled music stands with the diplomas at graduation.
One thing I've learned about being in a university orchestra where all the stands are Manhasset -- even though the Manhasset stand is a very good quality stand, it needs help sometimes. So, I try to keep a small adjustable wrench in my case so that I can tighten up the base and the desk. I even helped out my teacher one day doing that.
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