When Lynette and I were in Vienna last I said that I had to go to Musikhaus Doblinger in the Dorotheergasse. I'd discovered during my first stay in the city that only they carry the perfect manuscript. I've always been very particular where music paper is concerned. I prefer off-white 100g paper that has a smooth surface so that pencil or pen glide along it like skating on ice. I also prefer 12-staves printed front and back and I like it to be about 11.5 by 8 inches. Landscape only, please. And the lines must not be more than 1/16th of an inch apart. As usual, click the images to enbiggify.
I came home with only two booklets and now that I'm back to composing I need more. I used to buy my manuscript exclusively from Judy Green Music in Hollywood when I lived in California, but I find that it's just too heavy, too yellow, too big, and too expensive. A slightly comparable booklet from her would cost me nearly $20, where what I really want from Doblinger is only about 4 euro.
I went to the Doblinger website thinking that I could order two more booklets, only to find that they don't have any for sale online. Maybe they no longer have that booklet in stock, I don't know.
Can you believe that we live in a city with a university that boasts a better-than-average music department, yet there are no music stores here? Well, there's one, Daddy-O's, but it caters to the Rock crowd. There's no place to even buy sheet music here! Unbelievable.
So, I'm hoping I can find something online, but it's really impossible for me because manuscript is something that I must feel and weigh in my hands before I can commit to buying it.
That's it, really. Just thought I'd share.