Latin American Firms who don't sell Ukuleles but...

Tonante 400 brazilian cavaco cavaquinho at Ukulele Corner
Tonante 400 Cavaco
Rozini Studio
Rozini Studio Cavaco
del vecchio brazilian cavaquinho
Del Vecchio Cavaco
del vecchio acoustic electric vibrante brazilian cavaquinho
Del Vecchio Cavaco Vibrante
Tagima brazilian cavaquinho
Tagima Cavaco
Toks brazilian cavaquinho
Tok's Cavaco
RMV brazilian banjo cavaquinho
RMG Banjo Cavaco
cortez brazilian cavaquinho
Cortez Cavaco
di georgio brazilian cavaquinho
Di Georgio Cavaco
Roos brazilian cavaquinho
Roos Cavaco

In the places that were once part of the old Iberian empires, particularly Latin America there are a number of local folk instruments that have a similar heritage and a close resemblance to the Ukulele. Instruments that have 4 strings, (or sometimes courses of strings), and are the same sort of size as the various Ukuleles; instruments like the Brazilian Cavaco, the Venezuelan Cuatro and the Colombian Tiple. Sometimes these instruments are suppose to be tuned completely differently to the Ukulele but given general ignorance of their real origin when they are seen in the northern continents they are usually tuned as played like and called Ukuleles. They are NOT, but I make a list here for reference

Maker~Brand Name Country Further Information
Arias Guitars Paraguay A firm based in Asunción that hand builds instruments, though the rosettes come from Argentina or Russia. They say they make Ukuleles as well as Guitars and Cavacos but I've never seen one
Austin A low end Chinese Import, (different logo to the Austin Ukuleles and Memphis Guitars), but I don't know who the distributor is?
Cortez Brazil Handmade
Del Vecchio Brazil Based in San Paulo, founded in 1903 by Italian immigrant Angelo Del Vecchio. In addition to standard chordophone this is the firm who invented and markets the Brazilian, (kind of), Resonator known as the "Vibrante" The company is now run by his grandchildren who have changed the company name to Casa Del Vecchio
Di Georgio Brazil Founded in San Paolo in 1908 by Italian Romeo Di Georgio, since the 1960's they have only made Guitars.
JB Brazil Founded by João Batista, a San Paolo luthier, he worked for Giannini for 15 years before starting his own business. The Cavacos have a JB on the headstock and are often referred to as JB. He employs other luthiers too as I have seen other brands where the luthiers say they use to work for JB
Kashima Brazil Low End, probably Chinese, may only come with nylon strings?
Malagoli Brazil A San Paulo based pickup manufacturer founded in 2004 who have branded and sold solid body and more conventional electro-acoustic Cavaos though they no longer feature on the web site
Memphis Spain The own brand of Musicopolix a distributor from Madrid, (they don't do own brand Ukuleles though)
Pheonix aka PNX
Rama Brazil They make electric skeleton Cavaco's and have some patents for them. They also make skeleton Guitars and Mandolins too
RMV Brazil Founded in 1975, they are a big Brazilian drum manufacturer who have made Banjo Cavacos too.
Roos Brazil A small maker from Venancio Aires
Rozini Brazil I believe, Brazil's biggest manufacturer of fretted instruments. Founded in 1995 and at the time of their 15th anniversary claimed to be making 2500 instruments a month.
Strinberg Widely available and quite budget, Possibly imported?
Tagima Brazil Founded in 1996 and based in San Paulo. the firm makes all sorts of instruments and I think is owned by an importer/distributor called Marutec Music. All of the Cavacos are in the Terra Brasil range and they also have a range of Guitars branded Memphis but don't think is anything to do with the ones mentioned above?
Tok's Brazil I believe a big music shop and this is their own brand range made by someone else probably in China.
Tonante Brazil Initially called Ao Rei dos Violões, (To the King of Acoustic Guitars), it was founded in 1954 by the Portuguese brothers Abel and Samuel Tonante.
Waldman Brazil A large distributor of all kinds of musical instrument and equipment from wind to keyboards, and from Amps to stage lighting. The range does include Guitars and colourful Cavacos that along with their own name, as they have the endorsement deal for a number of Brazilian football teams have their colours and branding on. I have seen an advert suggesting they distribute Ukuleles but I've not actually seen any.
Vogga Brazil Founded 2008 in Belo Horizonte but I'm not sure if they are made there or its just an importer?

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