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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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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 13 minutes ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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The new Alto Melodic Guitar by D. Rickert Musical Instruments (Deluxe 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
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The new Tenor Melodic Guitar based on Ibanez Mini-Dreadnaught Tenor Guitar by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Who is this instrument for? What you get from us is a TRUE tenor guitar, tuned exactly like a tenor banjo that is tuned to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The new Tenor Melodic Guitar based on Kala Tenor Guitar by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Who is this instrument for? What you get from us is a TRUE tenor guitar, tuned exactly like a tenor banjo that is tuned to the so-called... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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This sale is still in progress at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. We at D. Rickert Musical Instruments know that our most desired musical instruments are the high-end unique instruments designed and made by us. These very special instruments tend to be the most expensive, and are a bit out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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We at D. Rickert Musical Instruments know that our most desired musical instruments are the high-end unique instruments designed and made by us. These very special instruments tend to be the most expensive, and are a bit out of reach for many. The normal sell price of each instrument listed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Of course, the Don Rickert Musician Shop is the store for D. Rickert Musical Instruments (Direct link to the Hoppin' John Vendors page). As this is being written, there are only about 3 non-food vendors listed. In reality, there are lots more, but we have observed over the years that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Tenor Guitar: An Odd Loner without a Real Family http://www.rickertmusicalinstruments.com/2015/08/the-tenor-guitar-an-odd-loner-without-a-real-family.html Prelude This article is by D. Rickert Musical Instruments and its online store, Don Rickert Musician Shop. We hope that you find this article interesting in its own right. That being said, the article is a background piece to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Lion of Ireland Special Edition Fiddle by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This instrument, setup for professional performance and/or advanced competition fiddle playing is made entirely (except for the carved head) in the workshops of D. Rickert Musical instruments in Hiawassee,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Rickert Model 60 Violin is made for us by Revelle and set up to customer specifications by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This model works well either set up as an intermediate level violin or fiddle. With a proper pickup installed,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Ranger Travel Violin by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This instrument is the best 4-string travel violin available anywhere. It is made entirely in the workshops of D. Rickert Musical instruments in Hiawassee, GA, USA. Since we stopped making the Adventurer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Philosopher King Special Edition Fiddle by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This instrument, setup for professional performance and/or advanced competition fiddle playing is made entirely (except for the carved head) in the workshops of D. Rickert Musical instruments in Hiawassee, GA,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Rickert Model 70 Violin is made for us by Revelle and set up to customer specifications by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This model works well either set up as a violin or a professional performance/competition fiddle. Dr. Rickert uses a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The V-8vb Violin Scale Large Body Octave Violin, a large-bodied octave violin with a short violin length playable scale (13") by D. Rickert Musical Instruments is available now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This instrument is designed specifically for fiddlers accustomed to the 13" scale of a conventional fiddle.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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This article is by D. Rickert Musical Instruments, a highly regarded designer and maker of acoustic purpose-built octave violins and violas, as well as 4-string and 5-string electric violins. All of these instruments are sold via Don Rickert Musician Shop. Introduction This is the second (see Part I) in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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This article is by D. Rickert Musical Instruments, a highly regarded designer and maker of acoustic purpose-built octave violins and violas, as well as 4-string and 5-string electric violins. All of these instruments are sold via Don Rickert Musician Shop. We have no reason for bias on the topic of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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How good can an acoustic octave viola sound? The T-Rex Octave Viola sets the standard. Note The T-Rex Octave Viola by D. Rickert Musical Instruments and other amazing low-pitched acoustic bowed instruments are available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Go Right to YouTube for Demo T-Rex Octave Viola Demo... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments