It never fails to amaze me the number of people who believe that the adjudicator only cares about the top six placings and doesn't give a thought to the others. The adjudicators I have met have been passionate about their art, caring just as much about the winners as the bands placed at the lower end of the scale. I am sure that adjudicators are well aware of the implications of putting a band last and don't take this as lightly as some suggest.IMHO, I believe most normal banders, if not all, acknowledge that there is a problem with the current system.
In contests where relegation is the outcome, I think it is even more imperative that the adjudicators get the bottom few bands placed accurately as well as the top placed bands. And I'm not just talking about subjective musical taste... I mean those bands that make catastrophic errors like coming in wrong, wildly out of tune etc.
Many is the time I've heard bands who have played badly (as I'm sure we all have heard), yet have managed to be placed higher than those bands with less mistakes? This is one bit of contesting I just do not understand...
You talk about wrong entries, intonation etc.., of course all these elements are in the mix, but it really is the overall picture created - the 'performance'. In many instances a performance which creates atmosphere and stirs the emotions is far, far better than a clinical rendition that merely reproduces the notes on the page, even if not note perfect in every way.
You say there is a problem with the current system but suggest no remedy (like numerous others). Why not go to your next association meeting and discuss what system you feel would be an adequate replacement?