Hawaiian Makers from the early days to WWII click for more
In researching the early period of Ukulele manufacture in Hawaii from 1890 to the Second World War, I come across a lot of referenced to small or short lived manufacturers some of whom were one man luthier shops, some tried to be big business but now there is not much to show from them beyond footnotes in someone else's biography or perhaps that dusty old Ukulele you find in the attic? If you look at the Ukulele Hall of Fame reference section you will see a number of Hawaiian Ukuleles from this period whose maker is "Unknown" perhaps they are examples for some of the people I have found reference to here?
Singers Ukulele Mfg. Co.
(I should also note that some of these may actually be the brand names of Mainland makers who were pretending to be Hawaiian. After all this practice is what lead to the need for the Tabu mark, and if it was difficult to find out where the actual Ukulele was made then, it usually hasn't got any easier!)
Au Tau Kam
Worked with Sam Chang, Bergstrom Music and possibly the Summers Bros. Also reputedly taught Sam Kamaka snr. luthiery. He was producing from about 1900 to his death in 1930. I have seen him use the brand name Na-Lei
John S Perry & Co.
From Honolulu according to the sound hole label but beyond that I know nothing?
Singers Ukulele Manufacturing Co.
Nothing to do with the Singer Sewing machine company who owned Matsumoko, but I know nothing beyond that?
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