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Amistar Dubro Resonator Tenor Guitar Baritone Ukulele
Amistar fat Baritone
Throughout the world there are small manufacturing firms, maybe a luthier who has expanded the operation and taken on some staff, maybe a number of craftsmen who have got together in some form of co-operative. However it started these manufacturers usually make very high quality instruments even if the Ukulele is not the firms main output

Amistar Guitars

Founded in 1991 by Frantisek Javurek in Jeneč, Czech Republic, in 1997 it became Amistar and expanded to a production line from the one man outfit. They makes primarily Resonator Guitars, of which they do single and tricone models and won an Award in 2003.They do also make other single cone resonator instruments to though like Mandolins and Ukuleles (they are the OEM for Risa's Resonator Ukuleles so it's hard to find one of their Ukuleles not branded Risa)They also do a lot of custom engraving on the metal body instruments. They use to have a website but it appears now they just go through Facebook.

Kremona

This is a long-standing Bulgarian Chordophone manufacturer, founded in 1924 by Dimitar Georgiev, a former gunsmith, and his two brothers. In the beginning they made Mandolins, Violins, (for which they are probably most famous), and later Guitars in Kazanlak Bulgaria. In 1999 they became a private company again and in 2005 they started branding the Guitars Orpheus Valley in some parts of the world. In late 2012 was the introduction of Ukuleles to the catalogue of products, and at the moment these are just branded Kremona. There are two Tenor Ukuleles as the initial offering, the "Coco" made from walnut and cedar and the "Mari" which is all mahogany. Both are all solid wood and made at the factory in Bulgaria

Musikalia

Musikalia are an Italian manufacture of all kinds of strummed chordophones working out of Sicily. There are currently more than 130 different models according the the website, including the standard fair, Guitars Mandolins, Banjos and the like, but the catalogue also encompasses other things like Cavaquinhos, Tiples, Tres's, Cuatros and of course Ukuleles, (including a Banjolele). The Factory was founded in 1964 by Alfio Leone, who prior to this was a luthier, (He certainly made Mandolins before this I have seen a 1958 example, he may have made other instruments)? He is usually referred to as Dr. (or in italian, Dott.) - I don't know why?

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