The German Musical Instrument Award is the most important award for the country’s musical-instrument makers and has been presented by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie – BMWi) during Musikmesse for nearly 30 years.
The two categories in which the award is given are changed annually and reflect the multi-faceted character of the musical-instrument sector in Germany. The commitment of the Ministry underscores the significance of handicrafts production for the German musical-instrument sector and the German economy.
The presentation ceremony with invited guests will be held in Room Dimension, Hall 4.2, on 5 April. The winning products will be on show in the foyer of Hall 4.1 throughout the fair.
The winning instruments 2019:
‘MID-standard’ steel-string guitar
A delight from the first note: the ‘MID-standard’ steel-string guitar entered by David Jünger stands out on all levels – playing, craftsmanship and objective testing. Musicians were particularly impressed by the instrument’s dynamics, which offer excellent tone development with a voluminous sound, as well as an extraordinary harmony of warmth and brilliance, even during loud passages. Praise was also reserved for the successful cutaway, the machine heads and the excellent saddle, which makes tuning easier. The maximum number of points given for, inter alia, volume, sustain, responsiveness and playability was confirmed by the first-class workmanship. With these ratings, the instrument made by David Jünger was able to distance itself clearly from its competitors for the German Musical Instrument Award.
MBX ‘Heritage’ B♭ trumpet
The members of the jury gave the B&S MBX ‘Heritage’ trumpet made by Buffet Crampon Deutschland GmbH above-average ratings in all respects. They were particularly impressed by the pleasing tone, especially the deeper notes, which was coupled by a powerful sound and an excellent response. The deep notes were given the highest marks when it came to tuning, which was also given a high overall rating. The trumpet was described as easy to play and very balanced. All musicians said the valves were good. Also highly rated was the set of accessories, which includes valve caps and triggers for varying the properties of the instrument in many different ways.
‘Topline G’ B♭ trumpet
A high-quality instrument in classic jazz-trumpet design: the test musicians described the ‘Topline G’ trumpet of Kühnl & Hoyer Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH as being very balanced in all respects and with ideal handling. Singled out for particular praise was the outstanding response of the instrument, which was also confirmed by the expert opinions, and its extremely appealing appearance.