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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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We have just completed the first of three current commissions for our new Violoncello da Spalla. We will periodically publish reports, including video recordings, of this new instrument as it is put through it paces by its owner, a top Baroque period musician based in New York and Virginia. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Go to the product for Violoncello da Spalla by D. Rickert listing at Don Rickert Musician Shop if you wish to explore this cool opportunity. Also,please feel free to call or email us. Our email is don@DonRickertDesign.com and phone number is (404) 828-0136. Is a decent violoncello da spalla costing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Kick out the jams! Lay some of that summertime on me! Our “Welcome to Summer 2018 Sale” has been running for about a week. Unlike those other puny 4-day Memorial Day sales, this one runs until June 4th, So, bring on that summertime! Side note: When we say “bring on... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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We just shipped this left-handed version of our new International Travel Violin. This instrument, while having a full-length scale, is short enough to fit into a 4" diameter x 22" long case. That meets all known carry baggage size restrictions in the world. The instrument, in its case, will fit... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Okay, Summer does not officially start until June 21st. What with the Royal Wedding this morning, the running of the 143rd Preakness this evening and Memorial Day (the unofficial beginning of summer in the States) just a week away, we’re in a festive Summer frame of mind. ALL of our... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Spring Break 2018 Sale! - Don Rickert Musician Shop The Spring Break 2018 Sale is a continuation of our Easter Weekend Sale. It runs from now until April 8, 2018. Our most sought-after instruments - 15% off! Now through Sunday, April 8. Baroque Violoncello da Spalla Cello da Spalla Moderno... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Easter Weekend Sale! - Don Rickert Musician Shop We are in a celebratory mood--Really. So, it's time for a rare sale! Not the cheap stuff, but rather our most sought-after instruments - 15% off! Now through Monday, April 2 Baroque Violoncello da Spalla Cello da Spalla Moderno International Travel Violin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The two new Violoncellos da Spalla by D. Rickert are available for order now at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. For details about each instrument, including options and pricing, you will want to visit the product descriptions at the Don Rickert Musician Shop: Baroque Violoncello da Spalla by D. Rickert... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Available for order NOW at Don Rickert Musician Shop Introductory Price: $6,500. You can place your order with a 50% deposit. Introduction We are very pleased to announce our new Cello da Spalla Moderno right on the heels of our recent Baroque Violoncello da Spalla announcement. The Cello da Spalla... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Available for order NOW at Don Rickert Musician Shop Introductory Price: $7500. You can place your order with a 50% deposit. We announced this very cool instrument just several weeks ago and are already building three for customers. As of this writing, the next one ordered would be completed by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Plain Ebony Ebony w/Maple Border Dark Maple w/ Natural Maple Border Natural Maple w/ Dark Maple Border Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The New International Explorer Travel Violin by D. Rickert The newest instrument by D. Rickert Musical instruments is the International Explorer Travel Violin. It is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Like its larger-bodied sibling, the International Travel Violin, this new travel violin was designed for violinists and fiddlers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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The New International Travel Violin The newest instrument by D. Rickert Musical instruments is the International Travel Violin. It is available at the Don Rickert Musician Shop. This new travel violin was designed for violinists and fiddlers wishing to travel without worry with their instruments by air: To destinations outside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Please visit the Don Rickert Musician Shop. What Is a Pochette or “Kit” Fiddle? Pochettes are 18th Century instruments whose popularity was primarily from the early 1700s through the 1780s; however, there are surviving examples dating back to the 1600s. The pochette (French for “pocket”) was a small violin-like instrument... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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This is an update of an article published in 2015. 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. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Please visit the Don Rickert Musician Shop. Introduction Travel violins and fiddles are specially-designed instruments for adventurers and other travelers for whom small size, extreme durability and easy portability are essential. Travel violins/fiddles are also commonly known as “backpacker fiddles”. Travel Violins and Fiddles by D. Rickert Musical Instruments D.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Note: See the Don Rickert Musician Shop for current product offerings. Introduction Darol Anger and Vasen w/ Rickert Octaves In 2006, one of the first things we at D. Rickert Musical Instruments set out to do is to design and build the best acoustic octave violin possible. The octave violin... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Please visit the Don Rickert Musician Shop. "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"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Attention!: This is an older post. The instrument described has been replaced by the Rickert Tertis Body Tenor Viola (one octave lower than violin) 15.5 inch body size. Please visit the Don Rickert Musician Shop. The T-Max Tenor Long Scale Octave Violin by D. Rickert Musical Instruments and other amazing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Please visit the Don Rickert Musician Shop. 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,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Attention!: This is an older post. Please visit the Don Rickert Musician Shop. 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments
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Attention!: This is an older post. Please visit the Don Rickert Musician Shop. 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Don Rickert Musical Instruments