Instrument Inventory Import Overview

Note: The instrument importer has been updated! Importing your instruments is now a fully self-service process which you can complete without sending your file to support. This update is reflected in step 4 below; steps 1-3 are the same as they were previously. If you need assistance with the import process, you can feel free to email or chat with our support team using the beacon at the bottom right of this page. You can also email us at
To see the new importer in action, click the video below:

To import your Instrument Inventory into CutTime, you will first need to populate an import template containing the formatting accepted by our system. See the screenshot below for a list of the available fields in our Instrument Inventory, the type of data accepted, and limitations on what data will be accepted by the system. Since the Instrument Inventory can only accommodate instruments, equipment such as electronics and furniture cannot be imported - see the bottom of this document for a full list of what Instrument Types are accepted.

Note: If you are importing data for more than one program at a time, please combine all of the programs' inventories into one import template and use the Manager column to designate the school for each instrument.

Step 1:

Click the link below to access our import template. This is a read-only link, so you will either need to make a copy into your own Google Drive (recommended) by clicking File>Make a copy or download and edit the sheet in excel or another spreadsheet editor (not recommended) by clicking File>Download.

Please note that our support team highly recommends that you complete this process in Google Sheets - Excel and other spreadsheet editors can apply automatic formatting that may not be compatible with our importer.

Step 2:

Copy and paste (values only - see note below) your Instrument Inventory data from your current spreadsheet into the CutTime import template. The column headers in the import template should not be edited.

Please note: The import template is pre-formatted to help you ensure your data matches the formatting that our importer will accept. This formatting will be broken if you paste your data into the template normally (CTRL+V/Command+V). To ensure the template's formatting is not overwritten, please Paste Values Only (CTRL+Shift+V/Command+Shift+V in Google Sheets, right click>paste special>text in Excel) when pasting data into the template.

Step 3: Save as a CSV

When you have finished populating your import template, you are ready to save and upload it to our import helper for verification. The file will need to be in CSV format for our importer.

  • In Google Sheets, click File>Download>Comma Separated Values (.csv)
  • In Excel, click File>Save As and change the format from Excel Workbook (*.xlsx) to CSV UTF-8 (Comma delimited) (*.csv)

Step 4: Upload and import

Once you have your CSV file saved and ready to import, navigate to your Program Settings page and click the "Import Instruments" button. Click "Choose File", select the CSV file you just saved, and click "Preview" to open the import helper. The import helper will generate a table displaying the data from the file that you just uploaded. From this screen you can make any final edits necessary before completing the import.

Valid records will appear in the table without any highlighting. These records can be imported as-is, but you can also edit them as necessary (see below for help editing an instrument).

Invalid records will be highlighted red in the table. These records cannot be imported and must be either edited or skipped before the import can be completed (see below for help editing an instrument). The field(s) that are not accepted will appear with a help tip in the edit form so you can see why it is invalid and make the necessary adjustments.

Skipped records will be highlighted dark gray. Skipped records will not be imported, so if an invalid record is skipped, it would not prevent other valid records from being imported. Both valid and invalid records can be skipped. If you mistakenly skip a record, you can click the edit form again to "Unskip".

To edit an instrument:

  1. At the top of your preview, you will see a red box displaying the number of records with an error. Click "Address next error" to open the edit form
  2. After you open the edit form, you can make adjustments to any of the fields that were originally imported. Note that the edit form will display "Originally" so you can always reference the data that was imported with the file
  3. When you're finished editing, click "Queue row for import" to save the instrument's new record with the data you just edited. Even after you save a record, you can still open the edit form again and see the Original value if necessary.
  4. If you'd like to exclude an instrument from the import, you can click "Skip row" instead. Skipped records can also be unskipped. See above for more information about skipped records.

When you have verified all of your instrument records, click the green "Save and import" button on the top right of your screen to finalize the import. If the button is greyed out, that means you have at least one invalid record that must be either edited or skipped before the import can be finalized - check for any rows that are highlighted red.

Once you click the green "Save and import" button, you're done! Any records that were not skipped will now appear in your Instruments page.

Suggestions and Best Practices

Some tips from our support team as you compile and clean your inventory data:

  • Save your original data first! ALWAYS keep a backup of your original inventory file before you start editing. It can be easy to make mistakes when editing data in a spreadsheet editor, and sometimes you won't notice the mistake until you've already worked on it for an hour and it's too late to fix it. Having a backup of the file might not undo an hour's worth of work, but it will ensure that you have a clean source file if you do need to go back and start over or reference your original data.
  • Make sure that your naming conventions are consistent. Some common examples seen by our support team include variations on the names of Makes (Selmer vs. Selmer Paris, Buffet vs. Buffet Crampon, Fox vs. Fox Renard, etc.) and misspellings of Makes (Yahama, Gemeinhart, etc.). Using filter and sort functions in your spreadsheet editor can help you locate these inconsistencies and resolve them before importing.
  • Check for duplicate records. This is easier to do in Excel than in Google Sheets, but it's common to have two or more rows in your spreadsheet for the same instrument. If you're using Excel, you can select the entire column where you have your Serial Numbers and click Conditional Formatting>Highlight Cells Rules>Duplicate Values to highlight cells that have the exact same value. This will allow you to see at a glance if you have two instruments in your file with the exact same serial number so you can remove any old records.
  • Combine your comments into one field. Our system currently only supports one field for "comments" - the Condition Comment field. If your original file has multiple columns containing different notes or comments about the instrument, you can combine those different comments into one in order to import it. This will ensure that you're carrying as much information as you can from your original file into CutTime.
  • Assign a condition to every instrument. Our importer will accept instruments that do not have a condition listed, but in order for a Condition Comment to be imported, a condition must be present. If our support team receives a file that has Condition Comments without Conditions, we will add a placeholder condition of Fair in order to complete the import without losing the comment. Rather than import a placeholder condition, we suggest that you assign a condition to every instrument. You know your instruments better than we do, so even your best guess will likely be closer to reality than our placeholder.
  • Unless you know the details for all five Repair columns in the import template, consider adding them as Condition Comments instead. It can be difficult and time-consuming to track down old repair invoices, and doing that for multiple instruments can compound the amount of time it takes you to clean up your file. If you only have certain details about a past repair, you can always import it as a Condition Comment so you still see the notes. For example: If your file says "Repaired spring 2017", we are missing 4 out of the 5 requires fields we need to import a repair - an exact start date, an exact end date, a vendor, and a cost. Importing as a Condition Comment will keep the note that it was repaired with significantly less effort. Then, when your inventory is imported and you begin using the system, you can start adding new repairs as actual Repair records on the instrument since you'll have all the necessary details on hand.

If you have questions during the inventory cleanup and reformatting process, you can reach out to for help - we are happy to answer your questions and help you with challenges that come up.

Instrument Types Accepted

This list can also be found in the second worksheet of the import template. Note that the Instrument Type column in the import template contains a dropdown list of the available options.

Woodwind Brass
Flute - Alto
Flute - Bass
Flute - Other
English Horn
Double Reeds - Other
Clarinet - Bb
Clarinet - Bb
Clarinet - Eb
Clarinet - C
Clarinet - A
Clarinet - Eb Alto
Clarinet - Basset Horn
Clarinet - Bb Bass
Clarinet - Eb Contralto
Clarinet - Bb Contrabass
Clarinet - Other
Saxophone - Eb Alto
Saxophone - Bb Tenor
Saxophone - Eb Baritone
Saxophone - Eb Sopranino
Saxophone - Bb Soprano
Saxophone - Bb Bass
Saxophone - Other
Recorder - Sopranino
Recorder - Soprano
Recorder - Alto
Recorder - Tenor
Recorder - Bass
Recorder - Great Bass
Recorder - Other
Trumpet - Bb
Trumpet - Bb
Trumpet - Piccolo
Trumpet - Eb/D
Trumpet - C
Trumpet - Pocket
Trumpet - Fanfare
Trumpet - Baroque
Trumpet - Bass
Trumpet - Other
French Horn
French Horn - Single in F
French Horn - Single in Bb
French Horn - Double
French Horn - Marching
Horn - Eb Alto
Horn - Eb Tenor
Horn - Other
Trombone - Tenor (no trigger)
Trombone - Tenor (w/ F trigger)
Trombone - Alto
Trombone - Bass
Trombone - Valve
Trombone - Other
Baritone - 3-valve
Baritone - 4-valve
Baritone - Marching
Baritone - Other
Euphonium - 3-valve
Euphonium - 4-valve
Euphonium - Marching
Euphonium - Convertible
Euphonium - Other
Tuba - 3/4
Tuba - 4/4
Tuba - 3-valve
Tuba - 4-valve
Tuba - Sousaphone
Tuba - Marching (Contra)
Tuba - Convertible Marching/Concert
Tuba - F
Tuba - Eb
Tuba - CC
Tuba - Other
Pitched Percussion Unpitched Percussion
Piano - Grand
Piano - Upright
Acoustic Keyboard - Other
Timpani - 20"
Timpani - 23"
Timpani - 24"
Timpani - 25"
Timpani - 26"
Timpani - 27"
Timpani - 28"
Timpani - 29"
Timpani - 30"
Timpani - 32"
Timpani - Other
Glockenspiel/Bells - Concert
Glockenspiel/Bells - 2.5 Octave
Glockenspiel/Bells - 3.3 Octave
Glockenspiel/Bells - Bell Kit
Glockenspiel/Bells - Bell Lyra
Glockenspiel/Bells - Other
Crotales - High Octave
Crotales - Low Octave
Crotales - Other
Xylophone - 3.0 Octave
Xylophone - 3.5 Octave
Xylophone - 4.0 Octave
Xylophone - Xylorimba
Xylophone - Other
Vibraphone - 3.0 Octave
Vibraphone - 3.5 Octave
Vibraphone - Other
Marimba - 4.0 Octave
Marimba - 4.3 Octave
Marimba - 4.5 Octave
Marimba - 4.6 Octave
Marimba - 5.0 Octave
Marimba - Other
Chimes - Concert
Chimes - Symphonic
Chimes - Philharmonic
Chimes - Bass
Chimes - Other
Steelpan - Steel Drum
Steelpan - Handpan
Steelpan - Other
Orff Glockenspiel
Orff Metallophone
Orff Xylophone
Orff Bass Bar
Orff Resonator Bells
Orff Percussion - Other
Boomwhacker (Single)
Boomwhacker (Set)
Handbell (Single)
Handbell (Set)
Chimette (Single)
Chimette (Set)
Tone Chime (Single)
Tone Chime (Set)
Pitched Hand Percussion - Other
Snare Drum
Snare Drum - Concert
Snare Drum - Field Drum
Snare Drum - Drum Set
Snare Drum - Marching
Snare Drum - Piccolo
Snare Drum - Snare Kit
Snare Drum - Other
Tom-Tom - Concert Tom (Single)
Tom-Tom - Concert Toms (Set)
Tom-Tom - Rack Tom
Tom-Tom - Floor Tom
Tom-Tom - Roto-Toms
Tom-Tom - Other
Marching Tenors
Marching Tenors (Quads)
Marching Tenors (Quints)
Marching Tenors (Sextets)
Bass Drum
Bass Drum - Concert
Bass Drum - Marching
Bass Drum - Marching 14"
Bass Drum - Marching 16"
Bass Drum - Marching 18"
Bass Drum - Marching 20"
Bass Drum - Marching 22"
Bass Drum - Marching 24"
Bass Drum - Marching 26"
Bass Drum - Marching 28"
Bass Drum - Marching 30"
Bass Drum - Marching 32"
Bass Drum - Kick Drum
Bass Drum - Other
Miscellaneous Drum - Bongos
Miscellaneous Drum - Bucket Drum
Miscellaneous Drum - Cajon
Miscellaneous Drum - Conga (Single)
Miscellaneous Drum - Congas (Set)
Miscellaneous Drum - Darbuka
Miscellaneous Drum - Djembe
Miscellaneous Drum - Doumbek
Miscellaneous Drum - Frame Drum
Miscellaneous Drum - Gathering Drum
Miscellaneous Drum - Log Drum
Miscellaneous Drum - Practice Pad
Miscellaneous Drum - Taiko Drum
Miscellaneous Drum - Talking Drum
Miscellaneous Drum - Timbales
Miscellaneous Drum - Tubano
Miscellaneous Drum - Udu Drum
Miscellaneous Drum - Other
Drum Set
Drum Set - 4-piece
Drum Set - 5-piece
Drum Set - 6-piece
Drum Set - Electronic
Drum Set - Other
Cymbals - Crash
Cymbals - Crash (Concert)
Cymbals - Crash (Marching)
Cymbals - Crash (Drum Set)
Cymbals - China
Cymbals - Hi-Hat
Cymbals - Ride
Cymbals - Splash
Cymbals - Suspended
Cymbals - Other
Gong - Tam-Tam
Gong - Pitched
Gong - Unpitched
Gong - Other
Auxiliary Percussion - Agogo Bells
Auxiliary Percussion - Bell Tree
Auxiliary Percussion - Bike Horn
Auxiliary Percussion - Blast Block
Auxiliary Percussion - Brake Drum
Auxiliary Percussion - Cabasa
Auxiliary Percussion - Castanets
Auxiliary Percussion - Claves
Auxiliary Percussion - Cowbell
Auxiliary Percussion - Cuica
Auxiliary Percussion - Finger Cymbals
Auxiliary Percussion - Flexatone
Auxiliary Percussion - Guiro
Auxiliary Percussion - Ice Bell
Auxiliary Percussion - Jam Block
Auxiliary Percussion - Lummi Sticks
Auxiliary Percussion - Maracas
Auxiliary Percussion - Marching Machine
Auxiliary Percussion - Ocean Drum
Auxiliary Percussion - Rain Stick
Auxiliary Percussion - Ratchet
Auxiliary Percussion - Ribbon Crasher
Auxiliary Percussion - Sandpaper Blocks
Auxiliary Percussion - Shaker
Auxiliary Percussion - Shekere
Auxiliary Percussion - Siren
Auxiliary Percussion - Slapstick
Auxiliary Percussion - Sleigh Bells
Auxiliary Percussion - Slide Whistle
Auxiliary Percussion - Tambourine
Auxiliary Percussion - Temple Blocks
Auxiliary Percussion - Thunder Tube
Auxiliary Percussion - Thunder Sheet
Auxiliary Percussion - Torpedo
Auxiliary Percussion - Train Whistle
Auxiliary Percussion - Triangle
Auxiliary Percussion - Vibra-Slap
Auxiliary Percussion - Vibra-Tone
Auxiliary Percussion - Washboard
Auxiliary Percussion - Whistle
Auxiliary Percussion - Wind Chimes
Auxiliary Percussion - Woodblock
Auxiliary Percussion - Wood Blocks
Auxiliary Percussion - Other
Strings Electronics
Violin - 1/16
Violin - 1/10
Violin - 1/8
Violin - 1/4
Violin - 1/2
Violin - 3/4
Violin - 4/4
Violin - 5-String
Violin - Electric
Violin - Silent
Violin - Other
Viola - 11"
Viola - 12"
Viola - 12.5"
Viola - 13"
Viola - 13.5"
Viola - 14"
Viola - 14.5"
Viola - 15"
Viola - 15.5"
Viola - 16"
Viola - 16.5"
Viola - 5-String
Viola - Electric
Viola - Silent
Viola - Other
Cello - 1/8
Cello - 1/4
Cello - 1/2
Cello - 3/4
Cello - 7/8
Cello - 4/4
Cello - 5-String
Cello - Electric
Cello - Silent
Cello - Other
Double Bass
Double Bass - 1/8
Double Bass - 1/4
Double Bass - 1/2
Double Bass - 3/4
Double Bass - 4/4
Double Bass - 5-String
Double Bass - Electric
Double Bass - Silent
Double Bass - Other
Guitar - Acoustic
Guitar - Acoustic - 1/2
Guitar - Acoustic - 3/4
Guitar - Electric
Guitar - Other
Guitarra de Golpe
Bass Guitar
Bass Guitar - Acoustic
Bass Guitar - Electric
Bass Guitar - Other
Harp - Lever
Harp - Pedal
Harp - Folk
Harp - Autoharp
Harp - Other
Piano - Digital
Piano - Electric
Keyboard MIDI Controller
Keyboard Synthesizer
Electronic Keyboard - Other
Electronic Valve Instrument
Electronic Wind Instrument
Electronic Wind Synthesizer - Other
DJ Controller
Drum Machine
Loop Station
Mallet MIDI Controller
MIDI Percussion Pad
Sampling Pad
Miscellaneous Electronic - Other
Did this answer your question? Thanks for the feedback There was a problem submitting your feedback. Please try again later.

Still need help? Contact Us Contact Us