What makes the perfect test piece? What test pieces have you loved playing, and why? What test pieces have you hated playing, and why? What things in a piece turn you off it? Are there pieces that you've taken for or against straight away, but then changed your mind on as rehearsals have progressed? Are there formats that you struggle to enjoy (e.g. variation form)? Are there writers whose individual styles turn you on or off? If so, what do or don't you like about what they write? Is it the 'on the surface' aspects of the piece (e.g. melodic attractiveness, striking harmonies) or the 'down deep' things (e.g. structures on all scales) that influence you most? Must a truly admired test piece have both in good order? Or do practical considerations sway you (e.g. is my part a challenge / totally boring to play)? Are there pieces that you once enjoyed and now hate? Or once hated and now enjoy? If someone were to write a contest piece for your band, what would you ask them to make sure was contained in it? What would you want them to write? What structure (e.g. movements - or straight through)? What harmonic and melodic style? How does the specification of the 'perfect test piece' change as the level of the competition changes? Or maybe the location of the contest?