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International Competition Rules 2000

Quartet Judging

Following the individual instrument Competitions, quartets will be judged for workmanship and tone. Makers will designate which violin is first and which is second. Makers may enter any combination of models.

Quartet Workmanship Judging

The violin workmanship judges will not participate in quartet workmanship judging due to the excessive workload. The designated viola, cello and bass workmanship judges will evaluate the quartet as a unit in one evaluation round considering the following categories, totaling 100 points:

CategoryPointsEvaluation
Construction40Includes technical aspects of making, including the body, neck, scroll, setup and consistency of construction between all four instruments.
Varnish20Includes color, transparency, application, texture, patina (if present), and consistency of varnish between all four instruments.
Artistic40Includes sense of taste and artistry, considering stylistic and material similarities within the realm of overall impression.

Quartets that receive a recommendation from at least one (1) workmanship judge will receive at least a Certificate of Merit (Workmanship). Quartets which receive a unanimous vote as being of superior quality of workmanship will be recommended for Gold Medals. Please read the rules explaining Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Certificates of Merit below.

Quartet Tone Judging

Tone judging will be divided into two (2) rounds--preliminary and final. During the preliminary round, each quartet will be played and evaluated by the four (4) players (serving as tone judges) and one (1) listening tone judge on a pass/fail basis. Each judge will have an equal vote. Quartets that pass into the final round will be further reviewed by the four (4) playing judges and one (1) tone judge to reach a consensus for Certificates of Merit and/or recommendations for Gold Medals. Please read the rules explaining Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Certificates of Merit below.

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