Question about instrument editor

I am working on a score that has a Fife part. The ‘odd’ thing about Fifes (and some whistles) is that they are named for the pitch made when all holes are covered. However, the pitch in the name is NOT the transposition. For example, a Bb Fife plays a written Bb when all holes are covered. But the Bb Fife is in the key of Ab.

I am trying to add the b (flat symbol) to the name (Bb Fife) in the instrument editor, but I cannot seem to do it. Any ideas?


I’m not sure you can do it, Robby. In due course we plan to make it possible to preserve any rich text formatting you might make, e.g. adding a flat accidental, in the instrument name editing dialog launched from the instrument editor, but that’s not currently supported.

So for the time being you’re limited to doing it the old-fashioned way, i.e. using the Edit Instrument Name dialog once you’ve added the instrument to the project in Setup mode.

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Excellent idea! Thank you, Daniel.

In giving this a try, I cannot add the transposition to the instrument name, as the transposition is not the same as the instrument name. Named Bb Fife, even though the transposition is Ab.

How do I add the flat symbol into the name? Typing {flat) with the @ symbol on either side of flat, doesn’t produce the flat sign.


Use the Unicode value U+266D to obtain the flat symbol.

You can do as John suggests, or you can copy and paste a flat sign from the SMuFL web site, e.g. here: