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Buying a numbering stamp for sheet music parts

Introduction

At Art of Sound Music, we don’t just publish and sell sheet music, but are musicians ourselves. I find that organizing printed sheet music for gigs, storage and musician folders is error prone and time-consuming.  One thing I do to make this easier and faster is to use a database to keep track of which titles I have in my library and make sure each has an ID number (“Chart number”) assigned. These numbers appear at the top of the first page of each part. This system allows me to create, search and copy/edit prior programs to easily and quickly create new ones for upcoming performances (perhaps I’ll do a blog posting on this process for a future blog post).

Here’s an example of a trumpet part with a chart number stamped across the top.

morgen music

Software based stamp

Since much of the music I play is engraved in Sibelius, I wrote a plug-in called Add Work Number to the Top of Page (As of December 2014 over 3,400 Sibelius users have downloaded it) to add chart numbers to the top of parts.  Examples below:

Sibelius plug-in software stamp samples

This is all well and good, but I wanted to buy an actual stamp to number my purchased  music and PDF music that I print out.  I wasn’t able to find such a stamp even though I consider myself a pretty good web searcher.

Physical Stamp

Luck had it that I stumbled upon one of these stamps in the choir loft on a church gig I did earlier this month. I quickly snapped some photos as a way to start to unravel the mystery.  The stamp had no visible model number, but did show the manufacturer name (Pullman).

stamp

Armed with this information, I found the manufacturer’s website.  Although the name on the stamp is Pullman, the manufacturer’s name is actually Cosco (not the warehouse club).  Unfortunately, their site was not up to date and almost useless in finding out more about the stamp.

I found much more useful and detailed information by visiting the few distributor sites I could find:

With these sites, my photo, a ruler and a phone call, I determined that the stamp I needed was:

  • Manufacturer:  Cosco/Pullman
  • Model: “PN 3-4” numbering band stamp (a.k.a.numberer)
    • PN means Roman font
    • 3 means 5/16” inch tall letters
    • 4 means 4 rows of characters, or “bands”
    • There is an extra cost option for metal wheels to switch characters on each band. The standard plastic wheels are fine for printing on paper, so save your money.
    • The characters available on this stamp:
Band 1Band 2Band 3Band 4
BlankBlankBlankBlank
X3/4X/
$1/2-#
#1/4.¢
0000
9999
8888
7777
6666
5555
4444
3333
2222
1111

Stamps are available with larger or smaller fonts, different typefaces and more/fewer bands.  Some bands offer alphabetic characters.  Call a distributor if you’d like to learn more.

Ordering and costs

The ability to order online from the sites listed below runs from totally confusing to not available.  I found it easiest to order by phone and chose The Huntington Park Rubber Stamp Company at (800) 882-0029.

  • PN 3-4 Stamp $33.20
  • #1 Red Felt Pad $3.95 (black could be used instead)
  • Shipping $3.95
  • Total $41.10

My order arrived quickly and below is my first attempt at using my new stamp.

final stamp sample

End notes

Although I wasn’t looking actively, it took me a few years to figure out where to get a stamp suitable for adding chart numbers to the top of music parts, because the information about this practice is almost non-existent.  I hope anyone looking for a sheet music numbering stamp discovers this post to quickly and easily get the stamp they need.

Art of Sound Music’s Sibelius Plug-Ins Save Time

Art of Sound Music uses the Sibelius music notation program to engrave the scores we sell. To improve the quality and speed of publishing music, we use many Sibelius plug-ins to assist our work. and there are hundreds of them available (most provided by users).

We have authored many plug-in ourselves, some for private use and some made available for everyone.  Some of our “public” plug-ins are:

Remove Trill Wiggly Lines 

Plug-in removes the wiggly lines from selected trills in a score.

Replace Trill Symbols with Trill Lines

Plug-in replaces trill symbols that don’t play back with trill lines that do playback.

Add Authentic Jazz Flips 

Allows you to add an authentic jazz articulation called a flip.

Make Page 1 of Part(s) Left Facing

Useful for parts with a length of two pages and for situations where starting a part on a left page offers the performer simpler page turns.

Backup Plug-in for Developers

This plug-in allows plug-in authors to create multiple backup snapshots throughout the plug-in development process.

Add Work Number To Top Of Page

This plug-in adds a “chart number” at the top of top of each piece for working bands with a large number of pieces in their “book”.

Format ManuScript Comment For Developers

This plug-in allows developers to transforms free-form text into a nicely formatted comment box to paste into their other plug-ins

Add Turbo Comment

Add Turbo Comments is our brand new plug-in that allows you to add “comments” easier and faster than using the built-in capabilities of Sibelius.  Read more about it in the Sibelius Blog http://www.sibeliusblog.com/tips/new-plug-in-add-turbo-comment/