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Hulabox Mini Sopranino Ukulele
Hans Thüring Mini
In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

Hans Thüring - Hulabox

Based in Selb, Germany he is best know for making cigar box instruments and especially cigar box Ukuleles, however he has made the standard figure 8 type of Ukulele too under this brand. He started production before 2007 and his website seems to have been abandoned in 2010 so I don't know if he still makes them?

Ray Cowell - The Ukes of Northumberland

He comes from Northumberland, UK and calls his website if not his Ukuleles, "Ukes of Northumberland" He makes all scales including Bass Baritone, and usually puts RC on the headstock. He made a series of Ukuleles from wood reclaimed from the old ocean liner the RMS Olympic, (sister ship of the Titanic) and often puts R.M.S. Olympic on the headstock of these.

Wim van der Leden

From Uithoorn, he is probably Hollands biggest 21st century Banjolele maker. He started making Banjoleles part time in 2008 and since his retirement from teaching in 2012 it is now his only profession. He makes two scales of Banjolele, Soprano and Tenor as standard, but both use an 8 in pot and are open backed. However he will make other scales, including Sopranino, (he calls Piccolo), or add a rear resonator as a custom option if requested. In addition to making Banjoleles he does also make the odd, (and I do mean odd), custom Ukulele too

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