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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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General Information about Sale In celebration of Independence Day, Don Rickert Musician Shop, the online retail face of D. Rickert Musical Instruments, is having a FREE SHIPPING sale! Here are some of the things we have to sell. There are LOTS of items that are NOT listed here for which... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction D. Rickert Musical Instruments is in the process of announcing a suite of 8 newly designed electric mandolin family instruments. These instruments have a classic look with a contemporary edge, combining old world master lutherie and varnishing with cutting edge electronics. All of these “mandos” either are, or will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction The M-1B Venetian Series Chambered Body Electric Mandolin is one of 8 mandolin family instruments designed and made by D. Rickert Musical Instruments (available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop). The current lineup includes: Two mandolins (14” scale) Two “mezzo” (5-string 17” scale) mandolins Two 5-string octave mandolins (22.5”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction The M-1A Venetian Series Semi-Hollow Body Electric Mandolin is one of 8 mandolin family instruments designed and made by D. Rickert Musical Instruments (available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop). The current lineup includes: Two mandolins (14” scale) Two “mezzo” (5-string 17” scale) mandolins Two 5-string octave mandolins (22.5”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Custom Deep Body Travel Violin - Viola II is 100% U.S. made in the workshops of D. Rickert Musical Instruments. This new instrument is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. There is a new version of the "Custom Deep Body Travel Violin-Viola" by D. Rickert Musical Instruments. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Mountaineer V Backpacker Fiddle is 100% U.S. made in the workshops of D. Rickert Musical Instruments. This new instrument is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Most popular travel violin/fiddle The Mountaineer V Backpacker Fiddle is the next step in the evolution of these extremely popular instruments. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The Frequent Flyer II Travel Violin, is designed for players who need a travel instrument that can be easily be packed inside of a suitcase or carry-on bag. The Frequent Flyer II is 100% U.S. made in the workshops of D. Rickert Musical Instruments. This new instrument is available at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction Many violinists with an “amplifier-ready” (i.e. has a pickup) instrument try to use effect processors to extend their sound palate. Effect processors are usually called “guitar effect boxes”, because such devices have historically been marketed to electric guitarists. Such devices are often referred to by their nickname, “stomp box”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Basic Characteristics of FX-1 Series Electric Violins by D. Rickert Musical Instruments The FX-1 Series Electric Violins by D. Rickert Musical Instruments are engineered from the ground up to function flawlessly with effect signal processors. The FX-1 instruments are all "chambered" body violins. Chambered body instruments are sometimes called either... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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An important distinction: By “acoustic-electric” violin we mean an acoustic violin with a built-in pickup, controls, output jack and, in some cases, a small equalizer. These instruments are distinct from acoustic violins with pickups and controls installed on them (no holes for routing wires, cutouts for controls, etc.). Little Customer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Yup, friend…I reckon she’s the biggest fiddle anywhere in these here parts. Actually, this is a T-Rex 4-String Octave Viola in the process of construction. The varnish has just finished curing enough on this one that we could string it up for some evaluation. The components are nowhere near the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Modern Travel and Backpacker Violins D. Rickert Musical Instruments makes some of the world’s finest Modern Travel Violins (aka Backpacker Fiddles) and more models (6 models currently; one a 5-string). We also make two Pochette models; one a Baroque (early to mid-1700s) and one a Pre-Modern (1780s). All of these... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Introduction D. Rickert Musical Instruments makes some of the world’s finest Modern Travel Violins (aka Backpacker Fiddles) and more models (6 models currently; one a 5-string). We also make two Pochette models; one a Baroque (early to mid-1700s) and one a Pre-Modern (1780s). All of these instruments are available at... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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See these amazing instruments at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Bowed Instruments (Regular Offerings) > Octave Violins, Violas and Octave Violas These are bowed instruments tuned an octave lower than a standard violin or viola. We have more experience (more than 15 years!) and have, over the years, produced more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments): Your Source for Unique Bowed and Fretted Instruments and Accessories Ranging from Baroque Period to Today’s Cutting Edge Introduction It is quite clear that we are the place to come for the unique stuff…things you just cannot get at either the corner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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We have been quite busy at D. Rickert Musical Instruments. Read on… Established a New Online Store and Facebook Business Page We spent more time than ever expected (about 5 weeks) migrating our online store from one store processing system to another. In the process, we got rid of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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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 Apr 13, 2015 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 Apr 12, 2015 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