The Violin Society of America • 20th International Competition

Bow Judging


Bow judging will be accomplished by three (3) judges and will be divided into two (2) rounds, evaluation and medal. In the evaluation round, each bow will be evaluated by each judge independently and without consultation with the other judges.

1. Stick  15 points

Includes planing, facets, diameters and taper, camber, mortise (frog) and straightness.


2. Head  8 points

Includes elegance and precision of work, proportions, and mortise (tip).


3. Frog and Button  15 points

Includes proportions, finish, elegance, precision of work, fit of frog to stick and alignment with head, and fit of button.


4. Playing Function  14 points

Includes integration of camber, dimensions, height of head and frog, balance, and selection of wood.


5. Finishing  8 points

Includes finish, hair, and grip.


6. Overall Impression  40 points

Includes originality, choice of materials, elegance, overall consistency of style from frog to head and artistry.

Bows that proceed to the medal round will receive at least a Certificate of Merit. During the medal round, the Certificate-of-Merit bows from the evaluation round will be reviewed by all judges working together. Bows that receive a unanimous vote for superior workmanship will be designated Gold Medal winners. 


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