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The Standard Black Folder

The Standard Black Folder

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The Standard Black Folder is the famous folder we started with nearly 25 years ago, and it is a popular choice for large ensembles. It's renowned as a sturdy, lightweight, comfortable music folder that can be customized to your needs. Elegant and durable, its first tactile impressions are of quality and value that will last. While ideal for singers, note that both conductors and singers also love the similar 'Deluxe Black Folder' which opens flat.

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AMid-top, front: Centered

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BUpper right front; Right Justified

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CLower right front; Right Justified

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Please select the number of lines you would like to imprint at a given location on a music folder. You can use the Preview Imprinting button to preview the text imprinting


AInside Left Side

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AMid-top, back: Centered

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BUpper right back; Right Justified

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CLower right back; Right Justified

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The Standard Black Folder is a durable, lightweight, ergonomic folder with options available to suit a wide range of requirements. This is one of the best folders available for singers; an elegant lightweight folder at good value. It is a frequent choice of large groups who present a consistent appearance with all folders open to the same angle in concert.

One of the more important features that differ our folders from other folders is the bottom strap, which is attached at the outside base of the folder. This gives three benefits: more room inside; page turns that don't scrape against the strap; and lastly, a bookmark: that bottom strap angles in at 45 degrees when closing the folder, to act as a bookmark for impromptu bows during concerts - with no panic at the next upbeat - because you're on the right page when the folder opens again.

The folder has a comfortable hand strap at back for you to hold it securely, and the deeply-textured leatherette aids in dissipating perspiration from your hand if you are performing under hot stage lights. A lightweight aluminum hinge is riveted securely inside, to give the folder superior rigidity and durability, and all folders come with a minimum of 10 lengths of elasticized cord. You can slide each piece of your opened music score behind a cord in the middle, to hold it in concert order, impossible to drop, and faster to find during rehearsal. Extra cords and ring adaptors for hole-punched paper are also available choices as you order.

Expandable pockets store surplus music. All folders include a name card pocket and name card, left and right pencil holders, and they hold US Letter, and A4, and all common score sizes with ease. Larger works or hymnals can rest in the folder, sure not to slip out because of the bottom strap, or you can put multiple cords in different places in the music to flip to that point or to skip sections quickly, using each cord like a bookmark.

Finally, a popular option is a clear pocket that overlays the existing left pocket. You can read your concert program or church service bulletin through the transparent pocket, instead of having to pull it up to see the lower portion of the page. It's also handy for notes such as changes in standing order and rehearsal plans for directors. Photos, especially from choirs that tour, tend to end up in that clear pocket too.

Specifications & Key Features

  • Dimensions (width x height): (10 7/8 x 12 7/8)in. or (276 x 327)mm
  • Weight: 13.9 oz. (395g)
  • Two pencil holders
  • Cross strap at the base of the folder
    • Angles in when closed to become a bookmark for mid-concert bow
  • Durable, lightweight black leatherette
  • Wide inner aluminum hinge with elasticized cords to hold scores
  • Metal corner protectors to protect from wear and tear
  • Business card pocket with name card
  • Expandable pockets
  • Holds North American and international paper sizes
  • Hand strap on the back for secure grip

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Comparison of features and options in our family of choral music folders: The Black Folder (standard) The Black Folder (deluxe) Ringbinder CHORALEX Compact
"Oh, wow!" light weight good good better best
Ambidextrous rear hand strap y y y y
Slim size when open in concert - - y y
Two pencil holders y y y y
Bottom strap design allows use as a bookmark, during a bow y y y y
Bottom strap outer attachment avoids scraped page turns y y y y
Bottom strap design allows more room inside y y y y
Bottom strap unbuttons to open folder wide - y y y
Folder can lie essentially flat e.g. for director - y y -
Two storage pockets expanding on all 3 sides y y - -
Curved pocket at right expanding at 1 edge - - y y
Clear pocket through which to read program order o o y y
3/4" ring adaptor o o - o
1" ring adaptor - - y o
1-touch tab opener and patented interlock to prevent ring mis-alignment - - y -
Deep grained leatherette lets hand breathe comfortably for hours y y y y
One-piece core flexes from creases only (no breakable plastic welds) - (stitched center) - (stitched center) y y
Name card and name card pocket always included in cost y y y y
Comes with 10 cords, each to hold one score y y - y
Double cords to maximum of 20 o o - o
Corner protectors y y y y
Radius edges all around inner hinge, to avoid sharp corners y y - y
Much larger rivets, to keep straps tight for decades y y y y
Double-headed rivets to further increase durability y y y y
Choir name imprints on group orders at $2 / folder or less o o o o
Singer's name imprints at $5 / folder ($5 imprint minimum) o o o o
Logo imprinting in gold, other colors, or just heat-impressed: "blind debossed" o o o o
Legend: (y) yes; (-) no or n/a; (o) option

The Standard Black Folder:

Removable ring adaptors for hole-punched music: