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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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For Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments), every sale of a premium instrument is a consulting engagement, focused getting the setup exactly right. Part of the purchase of a new violin is customer specification of stringing and accessories appropriate for one of a number of historic periods, ranging... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments) is the place to go for unique instruments that are either very hard or even impossible to find anywhere else. Some examples: Travel / Backpacker Violins and Fiddles We make and sell the finest innovative and ergonomically perfect travel/backpacker violins in the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
The Short Answer The Adventurous Muse Store no longer exists. It has been replaced by the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Go to the Don Rickert Musician Shop to see the products currently offered. If you came to this site "through the back door" (i.e. via search engine), rather than a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction This article is about the purpose-built octave violins and octave violas that we currently sell via the Don Rickert Musician Shop. 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... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Don Rickert Musician Shop is the new online retail face of Don Rickert Musical Instruments, premiere designer and maker of innovative custom and historic musical instruments. Since starting our musical instruments enterprise in 2007, we have dealt primarily in those of the bowed variety (e.g. violins, fiddles and related... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
We are now the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Please follow the link below to get to our new, soon to be be better (as soon as we have all of our products listed) online store. www.DonRickertMusicianShop.com During this migration you can reach us by email: don@donrickertdesign,com Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Adventurous Muse Store
Demos (video with audio) of the Fat Strad Deux 5-String See the new Fat Strad Deux Mezzo Viola at the Don Rickert Musician Shop The Fat Strad Deux 5-String Fiddle is a Fat Strad Deux Mezzo Viola with the 5-string neck option and corresponding 5-String Fiddle setup. Note: Mezzo Viola... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
The B-Rex II 5-String Octave Viola, discussed and demonstrated on this page, has been replaced by the T-Rex Octave Viola, which is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. The new T-Rex is available in either 4-string or 5-string configurations. Links David Thames Demonstrating B-Rex 5-String Octave Viola (aka Chin... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The NEW Specialized Bows by D. Rickert Musical Instruments are available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop 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 extraordinary! The fact is, humans are amazing at... 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 Don Rickert Musician Shop. The “Small Bass Viol da Spalla”, a 4-string instrument, is somewhat different that our other 5-string “Violoncelli da Spalla”. See... 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
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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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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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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All products described on this page are available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop The complete collection of Golden Age Old-Time Fiddles and a ton of authentic related accessories are available NOW at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Introduction To reiterate an earlier article, Introducing Golden Age Old-Time Fiddles by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Golden Age Fiddles All products described on this page are available the Don Rickert Musician Shop 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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All products described on this page are available the Don Rickert Musician Shop 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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Fat Strad 8VB Octave Violin by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available NOW at the new Don Rickert Musician Shop. Summary: This is the very latest entry to D. Rickert Musical Instruments' long history of making incredible purpose-built (made to be an octave violin or fiddle...not a conversion of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The B-Rex II 5-String Octave Viola is the predecessor to the T-Rex Octave Viola, which is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. 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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Rickert Violoncello da Spalla Model 16.5 is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop.
 We have called the Violoncello da Spalla the “Newest New Old Thing!”; to those in the technology business, you will recognize this as a take-off on the common expression, “the newest new new thing”. ‘Cello... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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D. Rickert Musical Instruments now offersTertis pattern violas in 4 sizes: 15”, 15.5”, 16” and 16.5”. Available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. These instruments are partially completed by the Dan Sun Workshops. Dan Sun is a highly celebrated German-trained Chinese luthier. Instruments are supplied to D. Rickert Musical Instruments,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Related article: Helping People with Special Needs Realize Their Musical Goals: Part 1 of 2 Introduction Such measurements for determining appropriately sized violins and violas for children are available many places on the Internet. The measurements and test tasks we describe below are geared towards the adult novice or experienced... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Prolog This first of two articles focuses on the problems many musicians are trying to overcome. The second article will focus on a large number of solutions we have discovered over the years. Note: The author himself multi-instrumentalist, including fiddle, violin and viola, suffers from artritis, rotator cuff injury and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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D. Rickert (Don Rickert Musician Shop) has recently completed the disruption of moving to a new, better, way of varnishing, the topic is very fresh. In this article, I will tell you about the “why” as well as the “how”, at least in a summary manner. Summary With our newly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments