MuseScore 3.0.1 - Changing instrument is changing part name

• Jan 23, 2019 - 06:41

I have imported a v2 score into v3 and found a issue with the part names printed before each staff.
I have many scores that have a Mallet Percussion staff and within this staff I often change from one mallet instrument to another (i.e. xylophone to bells and later to vibraphone).
As obvious the part name cannot be the same as the instrument name here, so I use a generic part name, long instrument name and short instrument name.
However now in v3 when I do this the next page after the change instrument has the staff name set to the new instrument. I have found no options in v3 to either hide this text (so I can place a staff text) or edit this text or change this behaviour.
In v2 this was not a problem. Change of instrument did not effect the staff part name being displayed.
I found an old issue for v2:
In that issue it is mentioned that v2 should keep the name defined for the staff when changing the instrument. Because of this I believe this is a bug in v3. If not a bug, then at least it is a change of behaviour and one that I personally do not like.

I have attached a sample score (apology for the Dutch in the score). Staff 29 is set to display Mallet Percussion or Mallet Perc while the instrument selected is Glockenspiel. Page 2 displays Mallet Perc., as expected. In measure 12 the instrument is changed to Vibraphone. Page 3 now displays Vib. instead of the expected Mallet Perc.

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This was implemented as an improvement over the past (version 2) result of having the original instrument's name being forced onto a different instrument. At the time I indicated that this would at times be less than optimal, but in my opinion was better than having the English Horn being called Ob. III without the option to change it.

In the past, I normally did what you do and made the short name EH/Ob. III and use Instrument change text to show which instrument was actually playing. I noted that there would be issues in cases like the French horns being called F. Horn rather than Corni en F if the rest of the score was in Italian. Since it is impossible to make an instrument name invisible, this is an even bigger problem than I initially thought it would be.

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