German Musical Instrument Award 2008
Three musical-instrument makers from Markneukirchen, Fuessen and Freiburg received the German Musical Instrument Prize this year in the categories bass clarinet and classical guitar.
Awarded by the Ministry of Economics and Technology, this significant prize of honour is given in recognition of particularly high-quality products from German musical instrument makers. It has been presented since 1991 in two varying categories. In 2008 these were Bass Clarinet and Classical Guitar.
To find the prize winner the submitted instruments must undergo a time- intensive three stage trial at the Institute for Musical Instrument Construction in Zwota:
- their acoustic characteristics are determined objectively, without player input.
- five renowned musicians assess the instruments subjectively by playing them.
- an expert assesses the instruments to gauge their craftsmanship.
Two classical guitars, which achieved the same number of points in total, were considered the best in the field of classical guitar. Therefore the German Musical Instrument Prize 2008 in this category was equally awarded to Urs Langenbacher of Fuessen and Sascha Nowak of Freiburg.
The presentation of the prize took place on 13. March at the Frankfurt Music Fair by the Director of Industrial Policy of the Ministry of Economy and Technology, Juergen Meyer.
Model German Musical Instrument Award 2008
Description of the awarded classical guitar, Model 2007:
This ornamental style is deliberately very plain, and only a few basic elements are repeated ingeniously and build up to a myriad of variations.
Aside of such important criteria as response, dynamic range, balance, loudness, and projection, I set high value on the mouldability and plasticity of sound.
By changing the kind of attack and technique, a wide colour spectrum should open to enable the musicians to vary their expression and artistic creation.
|Neck||Spanish Cedar (Cedrela Odorata)|
|Design / Plantilla||based on Manuel Ramirez/Santos Hernandez|
|Scale length||65 cm|
|Finish||Shellac, French Polish|