We are getting ready, so we will not be blogging much between now and then, but we are very much open for business!
D. Rickert Musical Instruments will have a vendor booth and tents at the 2014 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention: September 18th – 20th
Eighth Annual Festival!
September 18 - 20, 2014
at Shakori Hills,
Silk Hope, NC
Festival Web site: www.HoppinJohn.org
Information for finding the Festival (GPS is highly recommended!)
For the 8th year, we will have a vendor booth and tents (climate-controlled in the event of rain) at the Hoppin’ John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention. We will be bringing with us the most exciting collection of instruments we have ever brought to Hoppin’ John. We will have a link to a more complete instrument list really soon.
Here is a very small sub-set just to fuel your dreams…
Our new Specialized Series Bows: bows specifically tailored for unique, non-standard and unique instrument tunings, especially tunings that are lower than plain old violins and fiddles
HISTORICALLY accurate 19th and Early 20th Century fiddle and violin accessories: The most extensive collection anywhere!
- Butterbean Chin Rests
- Late 19th and Early 20th Century Geared Tuners
- Real Gut Taiguts
- Sarasate Chin Rests
- Wire Violin Mutes
A tantalizing selection of high-end fiddles especially sought by serious practitioners of the Old-Time fiddling style, as well as fiddles of particular interest to Minstrel Period (including the Civil War Period) fiddlers (several “Lionhead” Stainer copies, a beautiful fully-decorated (e.g. Celtic knot inlay on back, etc.) Maggini replica (not yet listed, cost is about $1,300), some really nice Strad (an E. Reinhold Schmidt replica and a H. Theodor Heberlein replica) and Amati (an Ernst Glaesel replica and an E. Reinhold Schmidt replica) copies, as well as at least one Ernst Heinrich Roth I 1920s replica fiddle)
Low-priced but really nice fiddles, including the D. Rickert “Rustic Series” and some John Juzek entry-level, Juzek intermediate-level instruments and some indescribably awesome 20 year old “new old stock” Romanian fiddles being sold under a current brand name “ROMA”.
"Project" Fiddles (fiddles that can be made playable with enough effort mixed with loving care)
As always, some “basket case” vintage fiddles in serious need of repair (i.e. project instruments). Note, at least one of these instruments is historically interesting...it has a poorly repaired entry and exit wound. We are pretty sure that the damage occured in Europe during WWI.
Several of our incredible “da spalla” (rest on the RIGHT shoulder, attached with a strap) cellos and small basses. See Photo Album of Don Rickert playing our newest model, the “Small Bass Viol da Spalla”, which is tuned a 4th lower than a cello or exactly 2 octaves lower than a violin.
The “da spalla” instruments bring the cello and bass range to fiddlers and violinists, who have invested years in the overhand bow hold.
Don Rickert will be giving demonstrations and, maybe, just maybe, will compete…depends on finding a truly adventurous fiddler and guitarist to perform with, as a group (the competition rules say that a "group" has to have at least 3 string instruments and that one has to be either a fiddle or a banjo).
As always, we will be there to perform minor repairs such as fallen sound posts, consult on best strings to achieve the sound you are seeking and, of course, bows.
LOTS MORE to be announced! (like dulcimers, mandolins, mandocellos, Irish bouzoukis, ukes, and maybe even our new model of travel fiddle)