Awards

 

     The International Society of Bassists (ISB) and the Violin Society of America (VSA) hold instrument making contests on alternate years. VSA is in the even years, ISB is in the odd.

 

     Awards are given for both tone and workmanship.  One can earn a certificate of merit or a silver medal in either or both.  A gold medal is only given to an instrument which earns a silver in both.

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2008 VSA Silver Medal for Tone
2008 VSA Silver Medal for Tone

Image of Silver medal for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2008 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the Violin Society of America photo ©Seth Kimmel

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#5 Pearl Sitka Front and Maple Side
#5 Pearl Sitka Front and Maple Side

©Seth Kimmel

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#5 Pearl Purfling
#5 Pearl Purfling

©Seth Kimmel

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2008 VSA Silver Medal for Tone
2008 VSA Silver Medal for Tone

Image of Silver medal for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2008 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the Violin Society of America photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Certificate of Merit
Certificate of Merit

Image of the Certificate of Merit for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2010 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the Violin Society of America photo ©Seth Kimmel

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#11 Sitka FRONT, #12 Myrtle Back
#11 Sitka FRONT, #12 Myrtle Back

#11 is the Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, 3rd Avenue model, Double Bass Violin. #12 just happens to be in the photo! photo ©Seth Kimmel

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#11 Maple BACK, #12 Sitka Front
#11 Maple BACK, #12 Sitka Front

#11 is the Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, 3rd Avenue model, Double Bass Violin. #12 just happens to be in the photo! photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Certificate of Merit
Certificate of Merit

Image of the Certificate of Merit for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2010 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the Violin Society of America photo ©Seth Kimmel

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2009 ISB Silver Medal for Tone
2009 ISB Silver Medal for Tone

Image of Silver medal for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2009 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the International Society of Bassists photo ©Seth Kimmel

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#6 Sitka Spruce Top High St. model
#6 Sitka Spruce Top High St. model

Image of Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, High Street model, Double Bass Violin photo ©Seth Kimmel

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#6 Scroll and tuners
#6 Scroll and tuners

Image of Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, High Street model, Double Bass Violin photo ©Seth Kimmel

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2009 ISB Silver Medal for Tone
2009 ISB Silver Medal for Tone

Image of Silver medal for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2009 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the International Society of Bassists photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Silver Medal 2012
Silver Medal 2012

Image of Silver Medal for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2012 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the Violin Society of America photo ©Seth Kimmel

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#24 Soakin' Up Some Rays
#24 Soakin' Up Some Rays

UV light to set the finish. Image of Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, Milanese model, Double Bass Violin. photo ©Seth Kimmel

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#24 Pine Top from log pond salvage
#24 Pine Top from log pond salvage

Image of Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, Milanese model, Double Bass Violin. photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Silver Medal 2012
Silver Medal 2012

Image of Silver Medal for Bass Tone awarded to Seth Kimmel from the 2012 Convention/Instrument Making competition of the Violin Society of America photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Tone Award for removable neck bass!
Tone Award for removable neck bass!

Image of Certificate of merit for Removable Neck Milanese model Double Bass Violin, Hand Carved, Made in the USA, . photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Pine front salvaged from mill pond
Pine front salvaged from mill pond

Image of Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, Removable Neck Milanese model, Double Bass Violin. photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Figured Western Maple Scroll
Figured Western Maple Scroll

Image of Award Winning Hand Carved, Made in the USA, Removable Neck Milanese model, Double Bass Violin. photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Tone Award for removable neck bass!
Tone Award for removable neck bass!

Image of Certificate of merit for Removable Neck Milanese model Double Bass Violin, Hand Carved, Made in the USA, . photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Tone Award ISB 2015 Fort Collins, CO
Tone Award ISB 2015 Fort Collins, CO

Image of Certificate of merit for Removable Neck Milanese model Double Bass Violin, Hand Carved, Made in the USA, . photo ©Seth Kimmel

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solo fingerboard/graduated tailpiece
solo fingerboard/graduated tailpiece

#40, Ms. Spencer's removable neck Milanese; hand carved in the USA photo ©Seth Kimmel

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This Means So Much To Me
This Means So Much To Me

Image of certificate for honorable mention from popular vote by ISB 2015 attendees, for #40, Ms. Spencer's Milanese. photo ©Seth Kimmel

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Tone Award ISB 2015 Fort Collins, CO
Tone Award ISB 2015 Fort Collins, CO

Image of Certificate of merit for Removable Neck Milanese model Double Bass Violin, Hand Carved, Made in the USA, . photo ©Seth Kimmel

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# 46

Thanks everyone!
Thanks everyone!

image of Convention Favorite Honorable Mention from International Society of bassists ©2017 by Seth Kimmel Bass maker/luthier of American made, real wood, hand-carved, double bass violins; Eugene, Oregon, USA

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This is a real maple leaf!
This is a real maple leaf!

image of leaf inlay on bass #46©2017 by Seth Kimmel Bass maker/luthier of American made, real wood, hand-carved, double bass violins; Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Removable Neck
Removable Neck

image of removable neck detail on bass #46 ©2017 by Seth Kimmel Bass maker/luthier of American made, real wood, hand-carved, double bass violins; Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Thanks everyone!
Thanks everyone!

image of Convention Favorite Honorable Mention from International Society of bassists ©2017 by Seth Kimmel Bass maker/luthier of American made, real wood, hand-carved, double bass violins; Eugene, Oregon, USA

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