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Патент USA US3083844

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April 2, 1963
Filed Jan. 17, 1957
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Patented Apr. 2, 1963
The music rack, shown solely for the purpose of exem
plifying the use of my improved holder, comprises a
Mark Coralline, 1682i) Windemere Road,
Brook?eld, Wis.
Filed Jan. 17, 1957, Ser. No. 634,711
3 Claims. (Cl. 211-118)
standard 8 carrying back members 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
particularly their sheet music, readily accessible, I provide
dependently pivoted by separate but proximate rivets
and ?anged base members 14 and 15. As will herein
after be explained, my holder comprises hooked portions
loosely engageable with the ?ange members 14 and 15.
The holder comprises forward and rearward center
This invention relates to a collapsible music holder for
posts 20 and 21 to which the forward ?anges 22 and 23
suspension from a music rack.
and the rearward ?anges 24 and 25 of the channel
In order that musicians may have their music, and 10 shaped bottom members 30 and 31 of the holder are in
a holder which can be suspended from a conventional
32, 33 and 34, 35. The end ?anges 36, 37 of the respec
music rack of practically any type to receive the music for
tive bottom members are optional but desirable. It will be
one selection upon the completion of the playing thereof
noted that the ?anges of the bottom members are engaged
and from which music can readily be withdrawn pre 15 with the external faces of the front and rear center
liminary to playing.
posts 20 and 21. Thus, when the bottom members are
To be of value, such a holder should be collapsible,
folded on the respective pivots 32, 33 from the position
and I ?nd it desirable to move the par-ts into full parallel
of FIG. 1 through the position of FIG. 2 to the position
ism in a collapsing operation. The base is made in two
of FIG. 3, the ?anges 22 and 23 embrace center post
sections, each of which comprises a shallow channel, the 20 20 while the corresponding rear ?anges of the bottom
respective channels having contiguous but separate pivots
to front and rear center posts which are inside the channel
?anges. Each channel desirably has an end ?ange.
A two part top frame comprises U-lshaped straps desir
ably conforming substantially identically in outline to the
members 30 and 31 embrace the rear center post 21. The
terminal ?anges 36, 37 are sufficiently narrower than
the bottom members to provide slots through which the
posts 20 and 21 project in the collapsed position of the
parts as shown in FIG. 3.
Top elements 49 and 41 are made of strap metal bent
?anges of the bottom members and correspondingly se
cured on contiguous but separate pivots to the upstanding
center posts. However, in the preferred arrangement,
the free ends of the strap members comprising the top
, connected by rivets 44, 45 with the upper end of the front
frame are offset inwardly to abut the inner faces of the
post 20. Similarly, the rear end portions of the frame
center posts, whereas the ?anges of the base members
abut the outer faces of the center posts.
Vertical bars or links connect the base members to the
top frame elements at points spaced inwardly from the
free ends of the members and elements, being pivotally
to U-shaped form as clearly appears in FIG. 1, the termi
nal portions 42, 43 being inwardly offset and pivotally
elements 40 and 41 are inwardly offset at 46 and 47 and
pivotally connected by rivets 48, 49 with the inner face
i of the rear center post 21.
When the frame elements 40
and 41 are collapsed to the positions illustrated in FIG.
3, their legs lie in substantially the planes of the forward
connected to the respective members and elements on
their outer faces. The bars or links at the rear of the
music holder are extended above the top frame elements
narrower than the center posts so that the two legs to
and have rearwardly inclined hooked portions for detach
able connection with the bottom ?ange of any convention
al music rack.
tive center post with which they are pivotally connected.
To complete the skeletonized front and rear sides of
and rearward center posts.
These legs are sufficiently
gether virtually constitute upward extensions of the respec
the music holder, strap links 50, 51, 52 and 53 are pivot
ally connected by rivets 54 with respective ?anges of the
bottom members 30 and 31 and there pivotally connected
the center posts to collapsed positions in which the ?anges
by rivets 55 with the top elements 4th and 41. The strap
of the bottom members embrace the posts, the top frame ‘
link-s 50 and 52 are o?set slightly inwardly from the free
elements having their sides lying in the same plane as the
ends of the bottom members 30 and 31 and the corre
posts in an upward extension thereof, and the bars or links
sponding free ends of the top frame elements 40 and 41.
" extending upwardly in parallel planes outside the center
‘ These links terminate only slightly above frame elements
50 40 and 41 in the opened position of the parts shown in
I am ‘able, through an optional feature, to lock the
FIG. 1. However, the rear strap links 51 and 53 extend
parts against collapse, and I am also able to connect
upwardly and desirably somewhat rearwardly from their
the holder to the music rack standard if desired.
pivotal connection with the top frame elements 40 and
In the annexed drawings:
41, the upward and rearward extensions being designated
FIG. 1 is a fragmentary view in perspective of a music 55 by reference characters 58 and 59.
rack having the improved holder of the present inven
These upward extensions terminate in hooks 60 and
tion suspended therefrom.
61 which desirably have su?icient opening to receive very
FIG. 2 is a view of the holder in side elevation in a
loosely the ?anges of members 14 and 15 of the rack.
partially collapsed position and on a slightly enlarged
By reason of the fact that these hooks are located at or
60 behind the rear of the holder, gravity tends to cause the
FIG. 3 is a view in perspective showing the collapsed
holder to hang in a position which is inclined with re
spect to the vertical, thus making the music very readily
FIG. 4 is a view in transverse section showing the
accessible. For relatively permanent installations, I may
bottom ‘of the holder in plan and equipped with the op
provide a clip 65 shown in FIGS. 6v and 7, the clip hav
tionally usable latch for securing it against collapse.
65 ing forward hooked portions 66 and 67 formed to engage
FIG. 5 is a view taken in section on the line 5—5 of
the center post 21 of the music holder while other curvi
The construction is such that both the bottom members
and the top frame elements can be pivoted respecitvely to
FIG. 4.
linear hook portions §8 and 69 are formed to engage the
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary detail view of portions of the
standard 8 of the music rack. A bolt 70 provided with
music rack standard and the rear center post of the holder,
wing nut 71 releasably connects the two portions of the
showing in side elevation an optionally usable clip for 70 clamp 65 and can be tightened to exert clamping pressure
securing these parts together.
on standard 8 and the center post 21 of the holder, thus
FIG. 7 is a view taken in section on line 7-—-7 of FIG. 6.
connecting the holder against swaying movement (or any
movement) respecting the music rack. It will be under
stood that the use of this clamp is optional.
FIGS. 4 and 5 disclose another optional feature con
port of the holder, said rearward extensions being adapted
to cause the holder to hang at an angle to the vertical.
2. A music holder comprising ‘front and rear center
sisting of a latch button 75 pivoted to one of the channel
shaped bottom members 30L-31 as by means of the rivet
posts, channel-shaped bottom members having flanges in
dividually provided with proximate pivotal connections
76. When the button 75 is in the position shown in
dotted lines in FIG. 4, the parts may readily be folded
from the position of FIG. 1 to the collapsed position of
externally to the external faces of respective posts, the
said bottom members having terminal ?anges at their
‘free ends remote from said posts, the said terminal ?anges
being spaced inwardly from the side ?anges of said mem
bers and being receivable between the posts when the said
bottom members. are folded upon their respective pivotal
connections with the posts to substantially parallel posi
FIG. 3. When the button is swung to the full line posi
tion in which it is illustrated in HG. 4, and also in FIG.
5, it spans the hinged joint between the bottom mem
bers 30 and 31 to preclude the movement of either bottom
member pivotally with respect to the other, thereby main
taining the holder rigidly in the opened position illus
tious in which the posts are engaged between the side
?anges of said bottom members, the said holder being
trated in FIG. 1.
15 further provided with collapsible side and top forming
Even when the clamp 65 and the button 75 are used,
means connected with the bot-tom members and posts to
it still requires but a moment to manipulate these parts
be movable with the bottom members between their posi
and to disconnect the holder from the music rack and
tions of use and the collapsed positions aforesaid, said
collapse it to the FIG. 3 positions of the parts. Ordi
means comprising U-shaped top rframe elements having
narily, however, the music holder will be used only for 20 leg‘ portions individually pivoted to forward and rear
short intervals, and it has been found entirely satisfactory
ward posts‘ at the inner ‘faces thereof and offset outwardly
for such use without the added features shown in FIGS.
;to the planes of said ?rst mentioned ?anges and having
4 to 7.
links pivotally connected to external .faces of intermedi
I claim:
ate parts of said leg portions and to intermediate parts
1. A music holder comprising channel-shaped bottom 25 of the external faces of the side ?anges of said bottom
members, U-shaped top ‘frame elements approximately
‘members, certain of said links being extended obliquely
corresponding to the bottom members’ in plan, front and
rearwardly above the top ‘frame elements and provided
rear center posts to which the several members and ele
with hooks for suspending the holder, said hooks lying
ments are pivotally connected at corresponding ends, the
bottom members having ?anges engaging the posts ex
ternally ‘and the top elements having inwardly o?fset ends
engaged with the posts internally, the posts being pro
vided with separate rivets- upon which the corresponding
in a plane which is rearward of the iother parts of said
I holder.
3. The device of claim 2 in which one of said bottom
members is provided at its inner side between the center
posts with an elongated member pivotally secured to said
ends of the several members and elements are respectively
bottom member for movement to and from engagement
pivoted, the said members being pivotally movable about 35 with the other bottom member whereby said holder may
their connection with the posts to embrace the center
be selectively prevented from folding.
posts between their respective ?anges, and the top ele
ments being pivotally movable to positions'in which they
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
constitute upward extensions from said posts, and means
pivotally connecting pivotally movable portions of said
members and elements to constitute skeletonized front
and rear sides for the music, holder, said last mentioned
Baker et al ____________ __ Aug. 13, 1901
Dillon ______________ __ June 22, ‘1909
means comprising straps pivotally connected to respective
members inwardly of the free ends? thereof and to cor
responding portions of said top frame elements, the said 4
straps lying externally of the ?anges of the members in
the collapsed position of the members, and also lying
externally of side portions of said elements in collapsed
Vail _________________ __ Apr. 5,
Dreyer ______________ __ June 10,
Fuller ______________ __ June 13,
Forbes ______________ __ Nov. 23,
Sholin ______________ __ Apr. 24,
Halas ___e __________ __ Mar. 29, 1938
Garrick ______________ __ Nov. 3, 1953
positions’ of the elements, the said straps at the rear of 50
the holder having upward extensions above the upper
‘frame elements and inclined rearwardly therefrom, said
upper extensions being provided with books for the sup
Great Britain __>1____v_7_ Dec. 18, 1924
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