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    Instrument Judging
2010

INSTRUMENT WORKMANSHIP JUDGING

Workmanship judging will be accomplished by three (3) judges for violins and three (3) judges for violas, cellos and basses. Judges assigned to judge violins will have no input into the decisions affecting violas, cellos and basses and vice versa. Judging will be divided into three rounds: preliminary, evaluation and medal. In the preliminary round, each instrument will be evaluated independently by three judges who will then select those instruments that will be given further consideration in the evaluation round. In the evaluation round, each instrument will be evaluated again by each judge independently. Based on the results of the evaluation round, the judges will select those instruments to proceed to the medal round. Instruments in the medal round will receive at least a Certificate of Merit for Workmanship. The instruments in the medal round will be reviewed by the judges working together. Instruments that receive a unanimous vote for superior workmanship will be recommended for Gold Medals. Please read the rules explaining the awarding of Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Certificates of Merit below.

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

1. Setup 16 points
Includes bridge, post, pegs, tailpiece, fingerboard, nut, saddle, and endpin.

2. Varnish 8 points
Includes color, transparency, evenness of application, ground, texture, and patina (if present).

3. Modeling 8 points
Includes arching, surface texture, f-holes, including positioning and shape relative to arching.

4. Scroll 8 points
Includes model, flowing lines, pegbox, finish work, and overall character.

5. Construction 20 points
Includes outline, glue joints, bending and fitting of ribs and purfling, execution of neck, edges, corners, f-holes, scroll, and finish work.

6. Overall Impression 40 points
Includes originality, choice of materials, elegance and overall consistency of style, and artistry.

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 independently by three (3) playing judges who will then select those instruments that will 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 should proceed to the medal round. Instruments in the medal round will receive at least a Certificate of Merit for Tone. The instruments in the medal round will be reviewed by the judges working together. Instruments that receive a unanimous vote as being of the highest tone quality will be recommended for Gold Medals. Please read the rules explaining Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Certificates of Merit below.


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