As a newbie, I think the new system makes more sense. Starting at 9 and looking for ways to knock down the score seems a lot harder than starting at 6 and moving either up or down depending on the entry.
I don't know if this helps Buzz, but when we compared scores in the judge's class people were pretty consistant. What I mean by that is, let's say there were 10 judges in the class, the instructor would ask for a show of hands about the scoreof an entry. How many of you gave it a 6 - let's say- and 5 hands would go up, 5 - one hand, 7 - two hands, 8 - one hand and maybe one hand for 9 or 4. The majority of the group seemed to always be predominately one number. So it seems like the new system SHOULD work just fine.