Special Edition of the Model 60 Fiddle by Don Rickert: NO WAIT, Ready to Ship!
The Rickert Model 60 Fiddle usually has a wait time of at least 3 weeks. We have a really nice one ready to go. We made it for a show. It is ready to ship (actually, within a day or so)
We only have one and it is made to show standards, so it is extra nice in every way! Comes with a free suspension case.
Ships in 2 to 5 days from order, depending on your custom setup specification.
About the Instrument
The Rickert Model 60 Violin is made for us by Revelle and set up to customer specifications by D. Rickert Musical Instruments. This model works well either set up as a violin or as a fiddle.
The Model 60 is probably the nicest violin we have seen in its price range. As an orchestral violin, it is an intermediate to advanced instrument. I would say that many pretty good fiddlers would prefer its more forgiving nature than the Model 70. A professional or top competition fiddler will find the Model 60 to be a somewhat lacking in shear power when compared to the Model 70, which costs twice as much as the Model 60. The woods are beautiful: close-grained spruce top and well-flamed back and sides. The workmanship is first rate. The tuning pegs work flawlessly. It is clearly based on a Stradivari pattern.
The varnish is perfect. I suspect that it is spirit varnished; however, it has the look of hand rubbed Italian oil varnish, including the rub marks of what looks like a pigment glaze in one or more of the layers rather than dye-based stain used in spirit varnishing. These hand-rubbing marks are part of the beauty of Italian varnishing. So, it could be oil varnished.
The tone is dark, focused and more powerful than anything else in its price range; although not quite as focused as a more expensive professional performance instrument. Many, especially intermediate level fiddlers (5-10 years’ playing experience), will probably love the Model 60 set up for fiddling, as a dark and only moderately focused tone is more forgiving to those who may not have mastered advanced bowing dynamics. There are even many advanced fiddlers who prefer a dark and moderately focused sound.
See the various setup and outfit options for this instrument.
Standard tuning pegs: Well fit traditional ebony tuning pegs (can be upgraded to Wittner Finetune internal planetary pegs)
Tailpiece: Hill type tailpiece (ebony)
Strings: Infeld-Thomastik Vision Stark synthetic core
- The Setup: Set up the way most fiddlers love (strings low at nut, medium height at bridge)
- Strings: High-end strings chosen by Dr. Rickert for playability and best sound