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Angel Soprano from China
Angel Soprano
angel chinese Ukulele box
At the end of the "2nd wave of Ukulele popularity", (around the first half of the 1970's) the big Chicago makers had all gone, most of the Japanese makers had gone, there were very few Hawaiian makers and even Martin, whose fortunes had been made in the 1st wave of popularity gave up making Ukulele, So you see very few Ukuleles made in the 1980's or 90s. Most of the ones you do see were made in Mainland China, (which was still staunchly communist at this time), and had come fairly late to jumping on the bandwagon of the 2nd wave. Exact dates are hard to find, in fact most information beyond what it says on the label is hard to find, but mass production of Ukuleles started in the Shanghai region around the 1960's and continued through until the 1990's with some very budget brands. I have never seen anything that wasn't a Soprano though there was some variation around that scale length and the main brands appear to have come from different factories. As these were the only cheaply produced Ukuleles of the time they were widely exported, even to Hawaii, but this production had ceased before the 3rd wave boom brought a lot of Ukulele manufacture 1200km south in Guangzhou. Angel was one of these brands but with the soundhole label saying "Made in Jiangsu" and the headstock and body shape being significantly different so this was clearly a different factory from any of the other brands, but beyond this I know nothing so any further information would be useful?

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