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Rosewood Rubin Soprano Ukulele Corner
My Rosewood Rubin
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 deserver 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. (It is also tricky to get the company name right as in translation it often appears to include some or all of the address and I don't know if this is a formal thing or just an issue with translation?)

AKU (KS Instrument Trading Co.)

Based in Huizhou City, Guangdong Province, (and according to themselves), AKU started out as an independent quality control service that others could use to oversee their instrument production but in 2010 they came to the conclusion they could use their knowledge to do the distribution themselves so in 2011 they started KS Instrument Trading Co. and in 2013 launched their own brand of Guitars and Ukuleles, Ukaku. I have seen a number of Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles in their catalogue plus a Bass Baritone but no ordinary Baritone.

Rubin Commerce and Trade Co.

This appears to be a distributor brand that started out using the name of Chris Rubin, (which is almost certainly a westernised alias?) and are trying to sell Rubin branded Ukuleles direct via the usual internet shopping outlets. In 2015 they launched the brand name Caramel selling the same basic range and may have dropped the Rubin branding? (though there are still some about). So far I have seen Sopranino, Soprano, Concert and Tenor models, (with Caramel they have added Baritones including a Baritone scale Guitalele - as ever though with a Guitar tuning and a 52cm scale it's more like a Terz Guitar). They offer a number of wood options, with a laminate, solid top or full solid build, and though both ranges look pretty generic, but they do have a couple of individual quirks like the binding or sound hole decoration

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