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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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Introduction The phrase “Cheap Chinese Violin” has become part of the musician’s lexicon in the U.S. Implicit in the phrase is inexpensive (i.e. $50 - $200) and not really great quality. While it is true that many of the tens of thousands of violins being made today are made in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction The new 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet “Venetian” Style Octave Mandolin by D. Rickert is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments) The 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet “Venetian” Style Octave Mandolin by D. Rickert is an octave mandolin with the same scale length as a typical commercial “Irish” octave... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction This article relates to several new instruments to be announced soon (or will have been announced by the time you read this) by D. Rickert Musical Instruments and available from the Don Rickert Musician Shop. These new luthier-built (i.e. not factory made and not cheap!) instruments by D. Rickert... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The new D. Rickert Octave Mando-Guitar is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments) For reasons discussed in the article The Octave Mandolin and its Relative, the Octave Mando-Guitar, we were absolutely certain that we wanted our first Octave Mandolin to be of the Mando-Guitar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Octave Mandolin and its Relative, the Octave Mando-Guitar This article is associated with the announcement of a new 4-course (8-string) by D. Rickert Musical Instruments and available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Introduction The octave mandolin is a fretted string instrument with four pairs of strings tuned in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Note: The photos shown here and on the product description page at Don Rickert Musician Shop are of the final prototype, which has is not yet scraped, sanded, varnished or polished. Also, the Wittner tuning pegs have not yet been trimmed. We will replace the photos with ones of a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Professional Performance Acoustic-Electric Mandocello by Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments) We will be publishing an article in the near future on the history and evolution of the mandocello. This article is primarily about the new contemporary acoustic-electric mandocello from Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Tenor Guitar (1920s Banjo Headstock Type) Set Up for Irish Traditional Music You will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. The 4-string tenor guitar, cousin of the tenor banjo, were introduced in America in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Early 20th Century Martin Banjo Tuner Headstock Type Guitar You will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This custom guitar is inspired by one of the types of guitars being introduced during the birth of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Replica of the 1850s Martin Slotted Head Type Guitar You will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Today, people call such a guitar, with its small body, a parlor guitar. In the 1850s until well... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Replica of the Martin 1840s "Spanish Guitar" Type You will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Today, people call such a guitar, with its small body, a parlor guitar. In the 1840s until well into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Guitar of the Early 19th Century “Romantic” Type You will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Today, people call such a guitar, with its small body, a parlor guitar. In 1825, they were simply called... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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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 Feb 25, 2015 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 Feb 25, 2015 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 Feb 24, 2015 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 Feb 23, 2015 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