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International Competition Rules 2000

Gold Medals

For an instrument to receive a Gold Medal, it must be recommended by all designated judges for such a medal in one category, and have at least a Certificate of Merit in the other category. Instruments considered superior in both categories should receive at least a Certificate of Merit in both categories. Therefore, it is possible for an instrument to receive two Certificates of Merit and not receive a Gold Medal.

Silver Medals

A Silver Medal is awarded if judges recommend a Gold Medal in one category and award no medal or certificate in the other category. The categories referred to are Workmanship and Tone. Bows are judged on Workmanship only. There are no Silver Medals awarded in the bow making competition.

Certificate of Merit

A Certificate of Merit is awarded if at least one judge in either the Tone or Workmanship category (or, in the case of bows, one judge) feels that this instrument or bow if of such outstanding quality that it deserves further evaluation as a potential medal winner.

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