International Competition Rules 2000
Prior to the announced time of the beginning of official judging, proper setup of the instruments or bows must be verified by the maker or his representative, or by the official Society representative, according to instructions provided by the maker. Once judging begins, access to instruments and bows will not be permitted until all judging is completed. The VSA will designate a qualified luthier to handle small simple repairs should the need arise. This will include replacing broken strings, adjusting chin rest mounts if necessary, and closing open seams between the ribs and plates. It is expected that some cellos and basses may experience open seams during the Competition. A luthier designated by the VSA will close any such open seams with very dilute hide glue to enable the instrument to participate in the tone competition. The judges will be informed of the repair and shown its location on the instrument. Once the instrument is returned to the competitor, he/she may easily reopen the seam and repair it to his/her satisfaction. Competitors who would prefer that no one repair his/her instrument or bow should mark "No" in the box on registration form. In this instance, any instrument which experiences seams openings or other problems will be removed from the Competition and will be returned to the competitor at the conclusion of the Competition. The Competition fee will not be refunded. If a problem occurs during the judging phase of the Competition, the VSA cannot contact the competitor because this would necessitate a breach of security concerning anonymity.