So I think that reduce internally is a “merge mode” operation, whereas a regular paste is an “overwrite mode” operation. Presumably Explode is also a merge mode.
I think it’s a side effect, it seems that Reduce could be either merge or overwrite (don’t know could be wrong, and ultimately it doesn’t matter too much), but it’s a very convenient work around for my issue here, so I’ll take it!
Great explanation of both - I use chord mode of course, but I’m usually fixated on pitches at the time and not thinking about other nuances. Lillie? it almost seems to me that it would make an interesting sort of Dorico philosophy blog post or something. When we are inclined to sit back to listen with a hot beverage and just absorb the information for a bit.
Turns out chord mode is the best approach. I had an occasion to use explode to copy two staves to two other staves, but it’s overwrite. Going into chord mode and doing a regular paste did a merge. So for merging it seems chord mode regular paste is the better way to do it.