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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 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
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Whoops! Come see us on Sunday, May 25th. Got really busy with discussing custom instruments with potential clients today...and there the day went. Come see us on Saturday, May 24th. We will be introducing a shed load of new stuff at the Adventurous Muse Store. Acoustic-Electric 4-string and 5-string violins... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Rickert Violoncello da Spalla Model 16.5 is available at the Adventurous Muse Store.
 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 is... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Since the untimely demise of Meisel, an old German violin maker, we have been looking for a source of great (not just OK) Romanian-made violins. Anyone who had played a Romanian violin in fiddle setup knows how magically dark and full-bodied these instruments can be. The product descriptions at the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Bottom Line You can read the details later in this article; however, I will start with the bottom line. For many of the instruments we make, if you wish any chance of getting your instrument when you need it, it really is important that you place your order now. In... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Go to Adventurous Muse Store. New small violoncello da spalla not yet listed. $2,500. Call or email us. Related articles Violinist Sigiswald Kuijken goes Bach to past for true sound of music The 'Cello of the Shoulder' makes a comeback after 200 years Sigiswald Kuijken / Orchestra of the Age... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The B-Rex (see at the Adventurous Muse Store) has become one of our most popular instruments. We priced it low (i.e. it is underpriced!) so as to jump start the category of octave violas by D. Rickert Musical Instruments. We have a new model, which will be announced as soon... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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D. Rickert Musical Instruments now offers Tertis pattern violas in 4 sizes: 15”, 15.5”, 16” and 16.5”. Available at the Adventurous Muse Store. 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