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Bernard Soprano Ukulele
Bernard Soprano
There are a lot of Ukulele factories in China, usually in Guangzhou, and whilst some of them make the famous brands that are distributed internationally, (and some don't respect copyright), they also produce other less famous brands that only get very limited distribution. These may be the factory "house" brands or may be a limited trial run and they never really went into production, (but then a trial run of 500 is more than some luthiers will ever make)? I haven't found the information to be more specific, but some of these brands are as good as the famous ones made along side them so deserve some recognition.
Some of the factories will have used more than one of the brand names on otherwise identical models of Ukulele and I am finding the more I look into it that some of these "manufacturers" are really only Ukulele distributors and by this I mean that a company that specialises in making say Guitars or Violins is asked by a customer to supply Ukuleles as well. Instead of making the Ukuleles themselves, although they probably could, they buy them from one of the other factories and sell them on as their own; making it hard to work out who exactly makes them? Anyway here is what I have found.

Bernard Co.

Founded in 2000, mainly a Guitar maker but added Ukuleles to its Catalogue in 2011. They also claim to have an office in France (They use to have a website but in 2014 it appears to have closed so they may no longer be in business).

Aileen Trading Co.

Established in 1997 and based in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province they specialize in musical instruments and their range includes a Banjolele. The house brand is Aileen, and while they possibly are the OEM for Oriolo, (I have seen the designs in a number of peoples catalogues now though?), the Ovations are copies and the Electrics are not the ones used by Stagg and JHS

Tian Yin Musical Instruments Co.

Established in 2001 and based in Taixing City, Jiangsu Province, these are quite a large producer of stringed instruments, particularly Violins and the like, though they show Guitars, Mandolins and Ukuleles in their catalogue too, plus cases (but I strongly suspect they don't actually make all, if in fact any theses?). Located in Jiangsu province, China they currently employ over 300 staff. The names I have seen them use are Hanknn, (this gives a South Korean address on the website but everything else about them points to them being Chinese?) ExceedMatilda and Yintian (plus there are others pictured on the site that I know they don't own)

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