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Don Rickert, Ph.D., IDSA
Hiawassee, GA
Owner & Managing Partner of Wiederholt & Rickert Partners, LLC, (DBA) Don Rickert Research & Design and its subsidiaries
Interests: I am a Professional Industrial Designer and experienced Patent Litigation Expert Witness. Expertise in Product Design, Design Research, User Interface Design, New Product Development (NPD),Human-Factors-Ergonomics and Human-Computer Interaction. More than 30 years' experience as thought-leader, researcher, designer/inventor and manager in research, product design and product development for the technology, consumer electronics, telecommunications, retail, medical, entertainment, musical equipment, musical instrument and banking industries, as well as others. Currently, I am the Managing Partner (Owner) of Wiederholt & Rickert Partners, LLC, a unique New Product Development, User Research, Design Research & Patent Litigation Expert Services firm, serving a variety of industries and product types. The firm generally does business under the names Don Rickert Research & Design™, Rickert Expert Group™ and Don Rickert Musical Instruments™ (DBA).
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We are getting ready, so we will not be blogging much between now and then, but we are very much open for business! D. Rickert Musical Instruments will have a vendor booth and tents at the 2014 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention: September 18th – 20th Eighth Annual Festival! September 18... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Adventurous Muse Store has some incredible Labor Day discounts on some incredible bows and instruments (sale ends 9-2-14) Our entire line of Specialized Series Bows (the first bows perfectly matched to your conventional or unique instrument)...20% additional discount See NEW Specialized Bows by D. Rickert Musical Instruments: Why? Our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The NEW Specialized Bows by D. Rickert Musical Instruments are available at the Adventurous Muse Store and are currently on sale (Labor Day 2014…20% off) The bows that violinists, fiddlers, violists and cellists use are generally not optimal for the instrument or the player but “good enough”…a far cry from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The NEW “Small Bass Viol da Spalla Model 20” is the newest “da Spalla” instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments. It is available now at the Adventurous Muse Store. The “Small Bass Viol da Spalla”, a 4-string instrument, is somewhat different that our other 5-string “Violoncelli da Spalla”. See the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Is this article really about banjos? A bit. See the end of this article for the explanation. So, what is this really about?: Helping you to discover the best buy in high-quality fiddles you will find anywhere! This article is very purposefully designed to cut through the clutter of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction Certainly as far back as the Renaissance, and probably much earlier, decoration of stringed instruments of various types—carved fittings, incising, inking, bas relief carving and so forth has been popular. On bowed strings, additional types of decoration, such as extra inlay beyond the purfling (which serves the important function... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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D. Rickert Musical Instruments will have a vendor booth and tents at the 2014 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention: September 18th – 20th Eighth Annual Festival! September 18 - 20, 2014 at Shakori Hills, Silk Hope, NC Festival Web site: www.HoppinJohn.org Information for finding the Festival (GPS is highly recommended!) SHAKORI... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
Here are some photos of Don Rickert playing the newest “da Spalla” instrument, called the “Small Bass Viol da Spalla”, by D. Rickert Musical Instruments. The “Small Bass Viol da Spalla” is somewhat different that our other 5-string “Violoncelli da Spalla”. See the following links for background on those instruments,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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We Don’t Do Sales Per Se We used to do a lot of sales that involved discounts, buy one--get one free, and the like. The main thing these sales accomplished was generation of backlogs on instrument builds on which we took a serious financial beating. This sale is one that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction A 5-string fiddle or 5-string violin is, in its simplest form, a regular violin or fiddle with a fifth string at the low end. The default tuning for this low string is C. So, a 5-string violin can play BOTH the violin range AND the viola range. Only the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction This article is about the two purpose-built octave violins that we currently sell via the Adventurous Muse Store. Our two other "legacy" octave violins, on which we established our reputation for expertise in designing and crafting these unique instruments, the "W.S. Mount Model" and the "Darci Jones Model" Octave... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Only July 18, 2014, we finally pulled the plug on our blog www.AdventurousMuse.com. Why?: AdventurousMuse.com was an old blog. For several years, we did everything we could think of to re- direct visitors to our current site www.RickertMusicalInstruments.com. Nothing we did seemed to have any effect. The fact is, AdventurousMuse.com... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Note: This is an older article that we moved from www.AdventurousMuse.com, on which we recently took off-line. Some material may be out of date. The Attuned Special Series Violins by D. Rickert Musical Instruments (Don Rickert) The Attuned Special Series is a family of two (formerly four) instruments, consisting of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The chance of you finding one of the original Markneukirchen fiddles made in the years 1880 to 1930, long cherished by Old-Time, Irish and Scottish fiddlers alike, is pretty close to zero! Why? Because those of us who were involved in the Old-Time Revival of the 1960s and 1970s snatched... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The complete collection of Golden Age Old-Time Fiddles and a ton of authentic related accessoryies are available NOW at the Adventurous Muse Store. Introduction To reiterate an earlier article, Introducing Golden Age Old-Time Fiddles by D. Rickert Musical Instruments, I explained that these very special fiddles replicate the very best... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Golden Age Fiddles We are very pleased to announce our “Golden Age Old-Time Fiddles”. We are also introducing the largest collection of authentic fiddle accessories that you will find anywhere. The complete collection of Golden Age Old-Time Fiddles and a ton of authentic related accessoryies are available NOW at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction The Roth violin story is a long and complex one. I will give the simple story here. For more information on the Roth odyssey, see: Ernst Heinrich Roth E. R. Roth Company website For those of us of a “certain age” that might be called “senior”, those who studied... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
We have added many new bows, including some of the new Specialized Bows by D. Rickert. We have also atttempted to organize the bows into categories corresponding to the types of instruments they are used for, Check them out at the Adventurous Muse Store by clicking on the links below.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Note: This is not an outfit. Ships in a very basic case. You must supply your own bow (should be a viola bow) or purchase a new one from us.
 The Fat Strad 8VB Octave Violin by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available NOW at the Adventurous Muse Store. Summary:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Rickert FX5 5-String Augmentable Acoustic-Electric Violin is available now at the Adventurous Muse Store. FX Augmentable Acoustic-Electric Violins by D. Rickert (Photos and some information) Introduction The Rickert FX5 5-String Augmentable Acoustic-Electric Violin looks, at first glance, well, sort of like the Realist™ 5-String Pro E-Series, at least to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Rickert FX4 4-String Augmentable Acoustic-Electric Violin is available now at the Adventurous Muse Store. FX Augmentable Acoustic-Electric Violins by D. Rickert (Photos and some information) Introduction The Rickert FX4 4-String Augmentable Acoustic-Electric Violin looks, at first glance, well, sort of like the Realist™ 4-String Pro E-Series, at least to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
Will be available at the Adventurous Muse Store on June 5. Email us (don@donrickertdesign.com) if you can't wait. Each the same price as the equivalent Realist PRO E-Series violins. Awesome acoustic violins capable of driving the most challenging (for violins) special effects (e.g. "track" flawlessly with octave splitter) Based on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
The NEW B-Rex II 5-String Octave Viola (Photos) B-Rex II 5-String Octave Viola (Product Listing at the Adventurous Muse Store) Introducing the NEW B-Rex II 5-String Octave Viola (Informational Article) Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The all NEW B-Rex II 5-String Octave Viola is available at the Adventurous Muse Store Introduction The B-Rex II 5-String Octave Viola by D. Rickert Musical Instruments embodies a number of significant improvements over its extremely popular predecessor, the B-Rex. The B-Rex 5-String is a 15” body* viola that is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
Different Ways of Solving the Violin Amplification Problem Amplifying a violin for live performance by using one or more microphones has always been a problem; not the least of which is a propensity to generate feedback. That being said, microphone design has improved markedly over the years. Furthermore, there are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments