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About Stromberg-Voisinet and it Successor, Kay Musical Instruments and How This Relates to D. Rickert Musical Instruments

IntroductionThis 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 are all based on a design motif [...]

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Octave Mando-Guitar (Guitar Style Octave Mandolin) by D. Rickert Musical Instruments

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 type. We decided to base [...]

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The Octave Mandolin and its Relative, the Octave Mando-Guitar

The Octave Mandolin and its Relative, the Octave Mando-GuitarThis 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.IntroductionThe octave mandolin is a fretted string instrument with four pairs of strings tuned in unison fifths, G, D, A, E (low to high), an octave [...]

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More on Irish Tenor Banjo

This is the one of a series of articles by Dr. Don Rickert on the banjo in Irish Traditional Music republished here by Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments).Mike Keyes' guest posting on tenor banjo in Irish Traditional Music generated all sorts of feedback through just about every channel (emails, posting on my Facebook [...]

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There is no "Irish tenor banjo", per se

This is the one of a series of articles by Dr. Don Rickert on the banjo in Irish Traditional Music republished here by Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments).This post is by Guest Author, Michael Keyes, who sets straight some key issues on our loose usage of the term "Irish tenor banjo" in prior [...]

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So You Think You Know About the Banjo In Irish Traditional Music?: Part 2

This is the one of a series of articles by Dr. Don Rickert on the banjo in Irish Traditional Music republished here by Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments). The Second Myth: There is Special Type of Tenor Banjo Called the "Irish Tenor Banjo"It is a common belief that the Irish Tenor Banjo (4 strings, [...]

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So You Think You Know about the Banjo in Irish Traditional Music?: Part 1

This is the one of a series of articles by Dr. Don Rickert on the banjo in Irish Traditional Music republished here by Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments). There are many myths about the banjo in traditional Irish music. It is commonly believed that a special type of tenor banjo (a 17 fret, [...]

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Long-Awaited New Travel Violin From D. Rickert Is Here!

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 production model in several days.We [...]

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Professional Performance Acoustic-Electric Mandocello by D. Rickert

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).For now, here is the short version. [...]

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Tenor Guitar (1920s Banjo Headstock Type) Set Up for Irish Traditional Music

Tenor Guitar (1920s Banjo Headstock Type) Set Up for Irish Traditional MusicYou 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 1920s, Both were primarily used as chord instruments in [...]

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