‘The system proceeded upon was in every way unsatisfactory’ - From the archive: September 1922


Author and expert Towry Piper condemns a recent blind-testing experiment for old and new violins, giving his own opinion on why such endeavours are doomed to failure

Shortly after the competitive test of old and new fiddles which took place in Paris at the end of last year, an article appeared in the French musical journal, “Musique et Instruments,” written by a violinist who was present at the trials.

At the outset of it the writer devoted a good deal of space to a critical analysis of the method of voting, and, according to his version of the story, the system proceeded upon was fallacious and in every way unsatisfactory, but I cannot remember the details of the process…

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