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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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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?


My guess is D (assuming the question is what is the best conclusion?)

(A) Only amateur violinists should be asked to judge the sound quality of newly constructed violins.
Who should be asked to judge is out of scope.
(B) Professional violinists supervise the construction of violins.
Supervision of construction is out of scope.
(C) The best-sounding existing violins have been in existence fro several centuries.
How long these violins have been in existence is out of scope.
(D) It is currently impossible to construct a violin that the only accepted judges will evaluate as having improved sound.
This is what the passage implies.
(E) It is possible to construct a violin that sounds better than the best-sounding existing violins to everyone but professional violinists.
We do not know what non professionals think.
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New post 06 Nov 2009, 07:49
At first look it seemed D to me also. But I'd pick on E (maybe I'm reading too much into this :) )
here's why E...

It looks well connected.
New improved violins have different sounds -> professional violins don't accept different sounds and they are the only accepted judges -> so new improved violins cannot be created.

BUT on re-reading the first sentence, "Violin constructed to have improved sound"... is there a possibility that the violin is not constructed to have improved sound, but designed to please the professional judges?
On this basis I chose E over D (all the other options are stricken out).
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At first look it seemed D to me also. But I'd pick on E (maybe I'm reading too much into this :) )
here's why E...

It looks well connected.
New improved violins have different sounds -> professional violins don't accept different sounds and they are the only accepted judges -> so new improved violins cannot be created.
BUT on re-reading the first sentence, "Violin constructed to have improved sound"... is there a possibility that the violin is not constructed to have improved sound, but designed to please the professional judges?
On this basis I chose E over D (all the other options are stricken out).


I agree "E". "D" is bit too extreme

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E for me, pls post OA
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New post 08 Nov 2009, 05:35
My Answer would be D
E is our because it mentions
1) Violin constructed would have a better sound but we know that it only sounds differently
2) We do not know if people other than professionals like the sound of constructed violin or not.
OA please.
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I like to go for D
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What is the OA?

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OA is D......

the question is from 1000 CR

Infact somebody mentioned that D is too extreme...to which i don't agree
In option E its mentioned that It is possible to construct a violin that sounds better than the best-sounding existing violins to everyone but professional violinists..
this is too extreme as an assumtion as the author already mentions that "Professional violinists are the only accepted judges of the sound quality of violins". Since the target audience are professional violinists, we can't assume that it is possible to construct a violin that sounds better than exisitng violins to everyone.

I hope i am clear with my explanation
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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.


E is out of scope. As it goes beyond to suggest what would sound better to 'everyone'. We have no info on non-professionals
D correctly limits the scope to the discussion and fits the info

Hence D
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The answer is D, as E goes beyond the scope of the stimulus, it suggests something which is not indicated in the stimulus. This is a must be true question, so we have to go by whatever is given in the stimulus.
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I will go with D. As a lot of discussion has already been done, I will try to hit a subtle point here.
The passage explicitly talks about "best-sounding existing violins". So consider D, which says that its impossible to construct a violin that the only accepted judges would consider an Improved sound violin, which obviously will then become the best sounding violin, which is not possible since whatever sounds different from the existing best, and the new violin will sound different at stated in the passage, will be actually considered/judged worse. So we can never convince the judges of a differently albeit better sounding violin.

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I will go with D. As a lot of discussion has already been done, I will try to hit a subtle point here.
The passage explicitly talks about "best-sounding existing violins". So consider D, which says that its impossible to construct a violin that the only accepted judges would consider an Improved sound violin, which obviously will then become the best sounding violin, which is not possible since whatever sounds different from the existing best, and the new violin will sound different at stated in the passage, will be actually considered/judged worse. So we can never convince the judges of a differently albeit better sounding violin.

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IMO OA is D

(A) Only amateur violinists should be asked to judge the sound quality of newly constructed violins.
-> incorrect. Professinal violinists can judge that.
(B) Professional violinists supervise the construction of violins.
-> incorrect. Although professional violinists can judge the quality, we cannot assure that they supervise the manufacturing.
(C) The best-sounding existing violins have been in existence fro several centuries.
-> No information
(D) It is currently impossible to construct a violin that the only accepted judges will evaluate as having improved sound.
-> correct.
The passage mentions that only professional violinist can judge the sound, and they think constructed violin sound is not similar to best-sounding existing violin's.
(E) It is possible to construct a violin that sounds better than the best-sounding existing violins to everyone but professional violinists.
-> incorrect. The passage already argues that it is not possible.
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