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# CR: Violins

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A violin constructed to have improved sound would sound different from the best-sounding existing violins.
To professional violinists, a violin that sounds different from the best-sounding existing violins sounds less like a violin and therefore worse than the best-sounding existing violins.
Professional violinists are the only accepted judges of the sound quality of violins.
Would be the best supported by those statements?

(A) Only amateur violinists should be asked to judge the sound quality of newly constructed violins.
(B) Professional violinists supervise the construction of violins.
(C) The best-sounding existing violins have been in existence fro several centuries.
(D) It is currently impossible to construct a violin that the only accepted judges will evaluate as having improved sound.
(E) It is possible to construct a violin that sounds better than the best-sounding existing violins to everyone but professional violinists.
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15 Sep 2005, 11:14
Looks like a D

Not possible to make a professional approved violin since,
if someone tries to make it sound good, it is still bad.
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15 Sep 2005, 11:17
(D) It is currently impossible to construct a violin that the only accepted judges will evaluate as having improved sound.
(E) It is possible to construct a violin that sounds better than the best-sounding existing violins to everyone but professional violinists.

Tough call between D and E, but in E, we don't know how non-professionals evaluate sound quality, thus I would go D.
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15 Sep 2005, 12:45
(A) Only amateur violinists should be asked to judge the sound quality of newly constructed violins. NO
(B) Professional violinists supervise the construction of violins. NO
(C) The best-sounding existing violins have been in existence fro several centuries. NO
(D) It is currently impossible to construct a violin that the only accepted judges will evaluate as having improved sound.
(E) It is possible to construct a violin that sounds better than the best-sounding existing violins to everyone but professional violinists. NO

So I would go with D
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15 Sep 2005, 12:56
IMO D, A B C are ridiculous, E mentions everyone which is too strong and not supported by the argument...D puts all the points together...
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15 Sep 2005, 13:32
Wow, great job you guys!! OA is D. I was torn between D and E as well.
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15 Sep 2005, 13:45
I was torn between D and E. But D makes more sense and E assumes a lot of things and takes it too far. So D should be the one.
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16 Sep 2005, 08:28
Thanks for the explanations, guys. I see now that E says everyone which is too extreme.

You have to be so careful with these CRs.
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16 Sep 2005, 20:06
This is a good one! ITs a clear D!
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