I have purchased a couple of pieces that were only available digitally, and I am wanting to print them out to put them in the library. The problem I am having is that the parts are formatted for 9 x 12 paper.
Where can I:
a) find 9x12 paper to print it myself?
b) Take the files to have them printed?
I know common sense would state that I just suck it up, click 'fit to page' and have done with it on 8.5x11, BUT I know that larger paper is heavier weight, I want this to last for a long time, and I want the parts to be professional and not the cheap-as-possible tissue paper that districts typically have on hand to print with.
You may have better luck getting it printed using standard European paper sizes, since many places may have that in stock. Get it done on A3 - it's a bit bigger than 9x12 (A3 is 11.7x16.5) but A3 is a paper size most professional printers should have on hand.
I'm a big fan of 28lb 11x17 paper. I buy the Hammermill cases off of Amazon and usually use one or two a year with copies. It feels the right thickness for music/scores. I saw 32lb mentioned below, but I always feel like that is too thick myself.
Be warned they have very poor shipping skills with that paper... I usually have at least some of the box damaged in shipment.
Office Depot/Max will not copy copyrighted material. You can use their self-serve copiers, but you are likely to be using regular copy paper. Of course, you milage may vary, but none of the ones I've gone to ever have agreed to copy or print copyrighted material. They won't even print it from a digital copy.
You do know you can get heavier weight 8.5x11 paper? When I get digital music, I usually print it on 32lb paper which is pretty durable. If you really want something strong, go for 65lb. 24lb is also more durable than normal copy paper. But, if you are stuck on 9x12 paper (and have a way to print it. You will need a copier that can handle special size paper or a large format printer) you can find it on Amazon. It took me no time to find it.