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I remember seeing something like that long ago but can't remember what it was called. It is basically a metal gadget that holds 5 pencils or only pencil led and you can draw by hand your own empty staff. Anybody know?

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The only ones I've seen use chalk and are used exclusively on a chalk board. When I'm looking to draw a staff, I just print staff paper from the internet. –  Reina Abolofia May 12 '12 at 16:56
    
I agree, Reina, that's all I've seen. It would be pretty simple to make one for pencils (golf pencils would be best) out of stiff wire and soft wood for a handle. –  Josh Fields May 13 '12 at 1:40
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Although sound convincer really only asked what it was called… I'd call it a music-staff-drawing-gadget. I doubt it has a real name per se, unless it's a particular brand. –  Josh Fields May 13 '12 at 1:41

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This isn't exactly what you asked for, but similar idea: noligraph. You could also buy a 5-line pen nib like this Brause one.

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There's a video of it at youtube.com/watch?v=ZUu1bd_qdEk but it's not available in britain :( –  Alexander Troup Jul 15 '13 at 16:41

It's called a rastrum.


The rastrum came into use in preparing copper-plate engravings for music printing. It was simply a fork that one dragged across the plate to "score" the surface. Rastrum is Latin for rake.

As for constructing such a tool samizdat (DIY), I see potential in a paperclip, 5 ballpoint refills, and a pair of chaining pliers. I'll say more as soon as I buy some ballpoint refills.

Edit: ballpoint paperclip rastrum

It's easy to make with cheap materials, but it works poorly. Paperclips are too flimsy. I either need stronger wire or longer wire. Or perhaps a carved wooden frame.

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Crafty... nice edit though. ;) –  American Luke May 18 '12 at 22:42
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I felt especially guilty as it was these votes which gained me the 'moderator tools' priviledge. I had to confess it before I got in trouble. :) –  luser droog May 20 '12 at 5:56
    
I don't think you should be too embarrassed at this. You answered the question (It's called a "rastrum"), and gave a proper link for reference. It's not your fault that this question called for a short answer. Your answer was actually more correct than the answer by Nix (he gave examples of products, but neither gave the general name for the thing). –  awe Jun 15 '12 at 12:45
    
It's sad that a dozen pens is cheaper than a dozen refills. :( –  luser droog Jan 19 '13 at 9:30

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