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International Competition Rules 2000

Instrument Workmanship Judging

Workmanship judging will be accomplished by three (3) judges for violins and three (3) judges for violas, cellos and basses and will be divided into two (2) rounds-- evaluation and medal. Judges assigned to judge violins will have no input into the decisions affecting violas, cellos or bases and vice versa. In the evaluation round, each instrument will be evaluated by each judge independently and without discussion with the other judges. Both antiqued and pristine instruments may be submitted. The judges are instructed to show no preference for either type.

Instrument evaluation will be divided into six categories, totaling 100 points.

CategoryPointsEvaluation
Setup16Includes bridge, post, pegs, tailpiece, fingerboard, nut, saddle, and endpin.
Varnish 8Includes color, transparency, evenness of application, ground, texture, and patina (if present).
Modeling 8Includes arching, surface texture, f-holes, including positioning and shape relative to arching.
Scroll 8Includes model, flowing lines, pegbox, finish work, and overall character.
Construction20Includes outline, glue joints, bending and fitting of ribs and purfling, execution of neck, edges, corners, f-holes, scroll, and finish work.
Overall Impression40Includes originality, choice of materials, elegance and overall consistency of style, and artistry.

Instruments that receive a recommendation from at least one (1) workmanship judge will receive at least a Certificate of Merit (Workmanship). During the medal round, the Certificate of Merit instruments from the evaluation round will be reviewed by all judges working together. Instruments which receive a unanimous vote as showing superior quality of workmanship will be recommended for Gold Medals. Please read the rules explaining Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Certificates of Merit below.

Instrument Tone Judging

Tone judging will be divided into three (3) rounds--preliminary, evaluation and medal. In the preliminary round, each instrument will be evaluated by three (3) playing judges who will select those instruments that should be given further consideration in the evaluation round. In the evaluation round, each instrument chosen from the preliminary round will be further evaluated by the judges to determine which is of concert quality and should be considered by all judges in the medal round. Instruments that receive a recommendation by at least one (1) tone judge will receive at least a Certificate of Merit (Tone). During the medal round, the Certificate of Merit instruments from the evaluation round will be reviewed by all judges working together. Instruments that receive a unanimous vote as being instruments of concert quality tone will be recommended for Gold Medals. Please read the rules explaining Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Certificates of Merit below.

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