Define a specific number of instruments
Not sure if this warrants a change request in future, so I ask the question here.
MuseScore instrumentation makes use of either Instrument groups or and individual instrument per stave.
There is no ability to specify the exact number of instruments the composer desires for his/her composition.
For example what does Horns in F mean in my score e.g. 2, 3 or 4 Horns if I do not map it to a single horn sound?
Sometimes, a composer wants to be very specific about the number of instruments to be used for the performance. For example, Maurice Ravel's Bolero was written for a specific (non standard orchestra) number of instruments.
In other words, the number of instruments to be used for the composition is therefore part of the work in my view.
The only way to add the specific number of instruments is somehow "abusing" one of the Text options available in MuseScore e.g. the subtitle, composer or lyricist. I see this as a work-around.
Is there another way to specify the number of instruments in MuseScore?
In the other case, I would advocate some metadata that link to the score's instruments to specify the number of instruments to be used to perform the composition.