Double Bass Makers Competition

The International Society of Bassists' biennial maker's competition was held June 5-6, 2017 at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Dustin Williams served as chair of this year's competition, which attracted 27 entries from five countries.

Competition Results

Silver Medal for Workmanship

Paul Hart & Chris Pedersen, Mt. Pleasant, Utah & Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mario Lamarre, Montreal, Canada

Silver Medal for Tone

Gregory Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.
Christopher Savino, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Certificate for Workmanship

Evan Davenport, Beacon, New York
Guy Cole, Arlington, Texas

Certificate for Tone

Frederick Boissonnault, Montreal, Canada
Ed Fedewa, Jenison, Michigan

Convention Favorite

Arnold Schnitzer, Brewster, New York

Convention Favorite Honorable Mention

Trevor Davis, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Seth Kimmel, Eugene, Oregon
Robert McIntosh, Cambridge, New York

2017 Maker's Competition Audience Favorite

2017 ISB Maker's Competition Audience Favorite winner Arnold Schnitzer (right) is congratulated by competition chair Dustin Williams.
Photo by Heather Ainsworth

Judges

Workmanship Judges

Christopher Germaine, Philadelphia, Penn.
Daniel Hachez, East Wenatchee, Washington
David Wiebe, Woodstock, New York

Tone Judges

Jeff Campbell, Rochester, New York
Mark Dresser, San Diego, California
Kurt Muroki, Bloomington, Indiana

Thanks to Our 2017 Competition Sponsors

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.
Mooradian Cover Company
Kolstein Music, Inc.