Hosco Hosco Website

Hosco Lahaina Soprano Ukulele
Lahaina Soprano
Hosco Regal made in china Soprano Ukulele
Made in China
Hosco is a Japanese Company with a predominantly Japanese website so I run into difficulties working it all out. As far as I can see they are a distributor who purchased Saga Music US, (one of the biggest current US distributors) in 1983 and it is difficult to work out what brands they own and what they just distribute. This is what I can make out from the website.

They own a factory in China that produces Guitars, (Andalusia, Reuben, Scooh'z) and probably other instruments.

They own a factory in Japan that produces luthiery tools and parts including Gotoh machine heads.

They own Nagoya Suzuki the Violin and Mandolin brand, (who use to make Ukuleles before Hosco brought them).

On the Ukulele front - They produce a number of Ukulele making kits.

They own the Regal name and distribute the current Ukuleles made in China and branded Regal made in China(This isn't mentioned on the website but they confirmed this to me in an email).

They produce a range called Lahaina Ukuleles consisting of Sopranos and Concerts with the better ones having a special offset nut to improve Intonation. Production of these appears to have started in about 2011, (and they are nothing to do with the earlier use of the name by Kala but as Kala still own the brand name; production may have ceased by 2013?)

They own Minmin Eco, a range of instruments including a Ukulele made from laminates produced using wood harvested during the thinning process needed to ensure healthy growth in Japanese managed cedar forestry.

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