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Announcing D. Rickert FX-1 Venetian Series Arch Top Electric Violins

Basic Characteristics of FX-1 Series Electric Violins by D. Rickert Musical InstrumentsThe 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 "semi-solid" or "semi-hollow." I do not [...]

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Acoustic-Electric Violins: Who Cares? ... Apparently Almost Nobody

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 Interest in Acoustic-Electric ViolinsDespite the fact [...]

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Hey Dude: That Is One Big Fiddle You’ve Got There!

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 caliber we will use on [...]

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Modern Travel and Backpacker Violins: Baroque Pochettes and Modern Travel Violins at the Don Rickert Musician Shop (Part 2 of 2 Parts)

Modern Travel and Backpacker ViolinsD. 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 the Don [...]

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Baroque Pochettes and Modern Travel Violins at the Don Rickert Musician Shop (Part 1 of 2 Parts): Pochettes

IntroductionD. 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 the Don Rickert Musician Shop. The [...]

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Octave Violins and Octave Violas at Don Rickert Musician Shop

See these amazing instruments at the Don Rickert Musician Shop.  Bowed Instruments (Regular Offerings) > Octave Violins, Violas and Octave ViolasThese 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 models of instruments in this category [...]

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Don Rickert Musician Shop: Your Source for Unique Bowed and Fretted Instruments and Accessories Ranging from Baroque Period to Today’s Cutting Edge

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 EdgeIntroductionIt is quite clear that we are the place to come for the unique stuff…things you just cannot get at either the corner music store, traditional violin shops or the [...]

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What D. Rickert Musical Instruments Has Been Up To So Far in 2014

We have been quite busy at D. Rickert Musical Instruments. Read on…Established a New Online Store and Facebook Business PageWe 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 old store name, Adventurous Muse Store and established [...]

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The New Breed of Hybrid American-Chinese Violins

IntroductionThe 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 China. Many of these instruments are [...]

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Luthier-Built 1920s Stromberg-Voisinet “Venetian” Style Octave Mandolin by D. Rickert

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 mandolin; however it has a considerably larger [...]

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