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Early 20th Century Martin Banjo Tuner Headstock Type Guitar

Early 20th Century Martin Banjo Tuner Headstock Type GuitarYou 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 American Old-Time music. At that point in time, many [...]

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Replica of the 1850s Martin Slotted Head Type Guitar

Replica of the 1850s Martin Slotted Head Type GuitarYou will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop.Today, people call such a guitar, with its small body, a parlor guitar. In the 1850s until well into the 20th Century, they were simply called guitars, as this size [...]

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Replica of the Martin 1840s “Spanish Guitar” Type

Replica of the Martin 1840s "Spanish Guitar" TypeYou will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop.Today, people call such a guitar, with its small body, a parlor guitar. In the 1840s until well into the 20th Century, they were simply called guitars, as this [...]

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Guitar of the Early 19th Century “Romantic” Type

Guitar of the Early 19th Century “Romantic” TypeYou will find this new custom instrument by D. Rickert Musical Instruments in the "Custom Shop" category at the Don Rickert Musician Shop.Today, people call such a guitar, with its small body, a parlor guitar. In 1825, they were simply called guitars, as this size was the standard size for [...]

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Don Rickert Musician Shop is Unique: Part 2 (Every Sale a Consulting Engagement)

For Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments), every sale of a premium instrument is a consulting engagement, focused getting the setup exactly right.Part of the purchase of a new violin is customer specification of stringing and accessories appropriate for one of a number of historic periods, ranging from contemporary all the way back [...]

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Don Rickert Musician Shop is Unique: Part 1 (Hard to Find Stuff)

Don Rickert Musician Shop (D. Rickert Musical Instruments) is the place to go for unique instruments that are either very hard or even impossible to find anywhere else.Some examples:Travel / Backpacker Violins and FiddlesWe make and sell the finest innovative and ergonomically perfect travel/backpacker violins in the world. Several dozen customers a year opt for [...]

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It's Baroque, Man! (or the Low-down on Baroque Violins)

This article is primarily for those considering purchase of a Baroque violin, such as the Model 1721 Early 18th Century Baroque Violin by D. Rickert Musical Instruments, via the Don Rickert Musician Shop, which sells 6 models of true Baroque violins, ranging in price from less than $2,000 to about $10,000.The next article (or maybe [...]

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Deep Body Custom Travel Violin/Viola (Newly Re-christened)

Available at Don Rickert Musician Shop.How good can a travel/backpacker violin or fiddle sound? Read on and watch the video! "Deep Body Custom Travel Violin/Viola" is the new name for the Rickert "Travel Viola – Octave Violin." We believe that the re-christening reflects more accurately reflects how this instrument has been used by musician customers.This instrument [...]

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Non-Toxic Zero VOC Old-School Varnishing Used by D. Rickert Musical Instruments

D. Rickert (Don Rickert Musician Shop) has recently completed the disruption of moving to a new, better, way of varnishing, the topic is very fresh. In this article, I will tell you about the “why” as well as the “how”, at least in a summary manner.SummaryWith our newly adopted “modern” old-school Italian oil varnishing methods. [...]

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Yes, We Have 5-String Violins and Fiddles!

IntroductionA 5-string fiddle or 5-string violin is, in its simplest form, a regular violin or fiddle with a fifth string at the low end. The default tuning for this low string is C. So, a 5-string violin can play BOTH the violin range AND the viola range.Only the cheapest 5-string violins are simply violins with [...]

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