A "Grade A" Factory Second folder will have small flaws that don't allow it to pass quality control. It might relate to closed alignment, a scratch, a stitching issue or some issue with the cover material, but should not be visible to the audience at a choir concert, and saving 25% on these should be considered a very good value.
The Deluxe Black Folder is the flagship folder we produce - 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 and conductors; an elegant lightweight folder at good value. It's frequently chosen as a gift, too.
One of the more important features that set our folders apart from other folders is the bottom strap, which is attached at the outside base of the folder and detachable from a low-profile button on the front so the folder can open fully. 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 the 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 these folders come with a minimum of 10 lengths of elasticized cord. You can slide your opened music behind a cord to retain it in concert order, impossible to drop, and faster to find during rehearsal. Extra cords, and ring adapters for hole-punched paper are also available.
Expandable pockets store surplus music. All folders include a name card pocket and name card, and 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 like bookmarks, to flip to that point or to skip sections quickly.
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.
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
Holds North American and international paper sizes
Hand strap on the back for secure grip