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the oval concert ukulele
Oval Ku'uipo Concert
Most Asian countries have the usual international brands available, or occasionally some of the Chinese factory brands that aren't widely available, but sometimes I do see a brand appears is specific to that Asian Country. It is usually a Chinese produced import but web site language often means I can't find out very much about them.

IQ Plus Music

A Thai online music shop specialising in instruments for the educational market. As part of their catalogue they sell Soprano and Concert Ukuleles, so of which they are just a reseller for but they also have their own IQ Plus brand in laminate nato or spruce top and I think they own the Coco brand too hence their preference for Coco brand Ukulele strings


I could be wrong about this but this is what I can work out:- Oval (or the Oval?) is a kind of collaboration between the Japanese Ukulele star Iwao Yamaguchi and the Retailer / Distributor Miki Gakki. The venture started in 2009 and I don't know if it continues and if it doesn't, how long it lasted but in this venture a Concert scale Ukulele based on "vintage" themes called Ku'uipo was produced. I have not seen another model but there are a lot of these about, hence the uncertainty if its still in production? I have read but cant be sure that the actual Ukuleles in question were(are) made at the T's Ukulele factory.


This is the house brand of Japanese retailer Ishibashi Music Co. of Tokyo a firm with a number of outlets in Japan and China plus a large online presence. Under it they make Guitars, Brass instruments and Concert and Soprano Ukuleles, (possibly other things too).

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