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## Re: Relative thickness of PianoStaff Braces

 From: Mats Bengtsson Subject: Re: Relative thickness of PianoStaff Braces Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 21:47:56 +0200 User-agent: Thunderbird 2.0.0.23 (X11/20090817)

The braces are typeset using symbols from a special font, so you cannot adjust the width and height separately. As far as I can see from the Metafont code generating these font symbols, the relationship between width and height is fixed, which may not be the best choice as you have pointed out.
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/Mats

Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
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```Hello again,
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I've tried fooling around with the various properties of SystemStartBrace, and I can't seem to find a way to make all braces the same width, regardless of the height of the brace. (The problem is really exaggerated when there are three staves in a PianoStaff-- the brace looks comically huge.)
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Do there happen to be any scheme wizards who can suggest a possible workaround?
And if a workaround is not possible, should I add this to the bug tracker?
(Unless it's already listed and I missed it.)

-Jonathan

--- On Tue, 9/8/09, Jonathan Wilkes <address@hidden> wrote:

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```From: Jonathan Wilkes <address@hidden>
Subject: Relative thickness of PianoStaff Braces
To: address@hidden
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 11:15 PM
Hello,
I'm having trouble tweaking the
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Brace at the beginning of a system. My test code is below; basically, I'd like to make the brace oonnecting three staves less thick.
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That brings me to my second question.  I've attached
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two pngs, one of Lilypond braces and the other from a Durand score of Debussy's 1st Prelude, Bk. II, available here:
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http://imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/d/dd/IMSLP00510-Debussy_-_Preludes__Book_2.pdf

Both Durand braces are of course much thicker, but the
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point is that they have comparable weights (not sure what to call it).
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Lilypond's large brace basically looks like the smaller
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brace has been enlarged by about 170%, which looks a lot less elegant. Shouldn't the brace be stretched vertically without changing the
```thickness?

-Jonathan

example code:

\version "2.12.2"

\score {
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\new PianoStaff % \override
```PianoStaff.SystemStartBrace #'thickness = #0.2
<<
\new Staff = "rh" {
<<  { c' d' e' f' }
\new Staff \with {
alignAboveContext = "rh" } { c' d' e' f' }
>>
\break
c' d' e' f'
}
\new Staff {
c' d' e' f'
c' d' e' f'
}
>>
}

\paper {
indent = 0
}

%\layout {
%    \context { \PianoStaff
%        \override
SystemStartBrace #'thickness = #0.2
%    }
%}

```
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