My piano teacher lent me some books that are very old and expensive. My piano has a little dip down that holds the music, but when I turn the page, the bottom of the page drags along the top of the dip and folds/ripples the page. I don't want to damage these books, so how would I fix this?


Use Technology! Scan it and load it into a tablet like the new iPad 3! Place the tablet on the dip in your piano... and lo, u can just tap to turn!


If you could make photocopies of the pieces you need without damaging the books (the spine, most likely), that would probably be best.

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    Be careful not to press the book too hard when copying. This can also damage the spine. – American Luke Mar 10 '12 at 3:29
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    Libraries often have scanners that can copy a page when it is only open at 90 degrees - this helps protect the spine of a valuable book. – Doktor Mayhem Mar 10 '12 at 12:54

There are also music book clips you can buy. Here is an example of one from Amazon.com music book clip

  • A clip wouldn't work if the book was hardcover. Even if the book was paperback, it could still damage the bind. Besides, how would you flip the pages quickly? – American Luke Mar 11 '12 at 1:20

My dad improvised a shelf-extension for my piano with a bent sheet of aluminum. You could make one with a slight rise at the edge instead of a lip. Cost of materials is quite low, but an aluminum bender is a very large and pricey tool.

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