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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 a limited time, a free case is included. Photo albums of this instrument can be seen at: NEW Ranger C2 Travel Violin (Scroll, no pickup) on Facebook (Donald Rickert personal page) NEW Ranger C2 Travel Violin (No scroll and built-in pickup) on Facebook (Donald Rickert personal page) NEW Ranger... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Note: For a limited time, this instrument comes with a free case! Photo albums of this instrument can be seen at: NEW Mountaineer VII Travel Violin on Facebook (Donald Rickert personal page) NEW Mountaineer VII Travel Violin on Facebook (D. Rickert Musical Instruments business page) A new variation on the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Note: For a limited time, this instrument comes with a free case! Photo albums of this instrument can be seen at: Mountaineer VII M2 (with pickup) on Facebook (Donald Rickert personal page) Mountaineer VII M2 (with pickup) on Facebook (D. Rickert Musical Instruments business page) A new variation on the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Don Rickert Musician Shop End of Year 2015 Sale has officially ended; however, this major sale is still unofficially still running! Instruments only—bows and cases are back to their normal fair market pricing. Why a continuation of the sale pricing? We still need to make one or two instrument... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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You have until midnight (EST) on January 1, 2016 to take advantage of this sales event at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. We are here all week to take inquiries by telephone, email or contact form. This has been our best post-Thanksgiving season ever! In previous posts, I have commented... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Attention: Until the end of 2015, you can still get really great deals on travel violins by D. Rickert Musical Instruments (Don Rickert Musician Shop) In October 2015, the Don Rickert Musician Shop launched a program whereby you could trade in a used Wiplstix or Cricket travel fiddle for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Don Rickert Musician Shop Pre-Black Friday SALE has morphed into the End of Year Sale. The big difference from the Pre-Black Friday Sale (the link to the original post) is that items purchased as part of the End of Year Sale that are built to order are part of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Pre-Black Friday SALE described below has been extended through Monday, November 30th (Cyber Monday) at midnight PST! There is still time for pre-December 25th delivery of any item that is part of this sale. The Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments) is having a major SALE The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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We have just lowered prices even more on the top-of-the-line Heinrich Gill Model 66 and Model 68. We are now selling these Master violins for lower than the list price of the Heinrich Gill "concert level" violins, the Models 62 and 64. You may want to re-think your Holiday spending... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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"Master violin" is one of those phrases that can confuse rather than clarify. There is no international violin grade classification policing organization. The term is actually used very loosely, at best. Hopefully, this brief article is helpful in evaluating claims of "Master Violin" status. What is meant by the descriptor,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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These instruments are all ready for a pickup. We can fit the instrument with a pickup bridge matched to your requirements on any of our octave violins and octave violas. See our most recent article on pickups for bowed string instruments: D. Rickert Musical Instruments now sells pickups for all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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D. Rickert Musical Instruments now sells high-end pickups for all of our acoustic bowed instruments. While we have been installing pickups on an ad hoc basic for years on custom instruments, we now offer specific carefully selected pickups for bowed strings. See the product listings for all of the pickups... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Effective immediately and running for an indefinite period, the Don Rickert Musician Shop will let you trade in your Wiplstix or Cricket travel fiddle for a really nice rebate on one of our hand-made travel violins. D. Rickert Musical Instruments has been designing and making historic pochettes and best-in-class modern... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Ranger C Travel Violin by D. Rickert The Ranger C Travel Violin, designed by Dr. Don Rickert and made by D. Rickert Musical Instruments, is the best sounding 4-string travel violin we have ever produced. This makes it the best sounding such instrument in the world (we are open... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Festival Pricing at Don Rickert Musician Shop NOW! Our final fiddlers' convention as a vendor for 2015 is neigh. This one, The 2015 Hoppin' John Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention is the most important one to us on many levels. We bring a whole range of instruments, mostly specially set... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Another Original Creation from D. Rickert Musical Instruments Why didn't we think of this years ago? This really cool instrument is based on the very nice and quite affordable Short Scale (30") Tribal acoustic bass guitar by Luna Guitars. Its tuning is completely different after we have slightly modified it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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D. Rickert Musical Instruments has re-introduced its Cigar Box Fiddles. They are available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop Introduction Almost a decade ago we observed a trend having to do with musical instruments made from cigar boxes. Since then, interest in such instruments has grown and expanded to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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5-Course (10-string) Guitar Type Cittern by D. Rickert This new instrument from D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. You just won't find a decent cittern like this one at anywhere near the introductory price we are charging, either with teardrop or guitar type body.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Sale The Don Rickert Musician Shop is having a SALE on: Travel and Backpacker Violins and Fiddles D. Rickert Specialized Series Bows Introduction We have been posting so much about our octave (baritone) violins and violas, as well as our new “tuned in fifths” fretted instruments (e.g. the Melodic Guitar... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The T-Max Tenor Long Scale Octave Violin by D. Rickert Musical Instruments and other amazing low-pitched acoustic bowed instruments are available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Introduction Since the beginning of our adventure as an independent boutique custom lutherie (2007 officially), we have always allocated much attention to designing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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What we are calling the "Impossible" Sale at Don Rickert Musician Shop is coming to an end! The sale includes the most desired instruments by D. Rickert Musical Instruments. Included in this sale are our... 5-string fiddles Octave violins Octave violas Some of our really cool special edition fiddles We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The initial offerings of the new Melodic Guitar Quartet instruments by D. Rickert Musical Instruments are now available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. What is the Melodic Guitar Quartet? The “Melodic Guitar Quartet” is a 4-member family of instruments, graduated in sizes, as follow: Treble, Alto, Tenor and Baritone,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The new Treble Melodic Guitar by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Introduction In a recent article, The Tenor Guitar: An Odd Loner without a Real Family, I suggested a new 4-member family of instruments, graduated in sizes, as follow: Treble, Alto, Tenor and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The new 5-String Baritone (or Cello) Melodic Guitar by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Introduction In a recent article, The Tenor Guitar: An Odd Loner without a Real Family, I suggested a new 4-member family of instruments, graduated in sizes, as follow: Treble,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The new Alto Melodic Guitar by D. Rickert Musical Instruments (Standard Version) is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Who is this instrument for? This instrument is a steel/bronze-strung instrument about the size of a tenor ukulele with a 17” scale (same as a mandola and a tenor ukulele).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments