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Dillon Semi-Acoustic 4 sting Mandolin / Ukulele
Dillion
There are a number of North American importers and retailers who have a range of Ukuleles they import, usually from China, and then brand with their own name. They are usually better than the budget end, (though may include a budget end model) and some can be quite good quality.

Dillion Guitars U.S.A.

Founded in 1996 by professional musician John Vinci, the firm doesn't officially sell Ukuleles they specialise in quality copies of more famous Guitars and do a range of electric Mandolins than include a number of 4 string models that look very close to Ukuleles to my eye. All of the instruments are actually made in Korea
They are a nothing to do with Dillion Guitars Canada

L.D. Zerone & Co

The is the house brand for a music shop in New Jersey called "the Music Place" I haven't found a direct web presence but they do sell a lot around the web. I have seen it suggested that some of the Ukuleles are are seconds from the production of more famous brands like Bushman. I have also seen more negative reviews of this brand than I do for most brands, complaining particularly about the warranty when thing do go wrong; I have seen good reviews too though.

Major Music Supply

Based in San Francisco, California, they use to be called Revival Acoustics and still use the name Revival to brand Guitars and Mandolins. Whatever the parent company is called though, the Ukulele brand is Makai and though they claim to design the instrument in SF everything is the range is a straight lift from the chinese maker Artiny's stock catalogue and can also be found in Ohana's catalogue too. They brand all scales from Soprano to Baritone in a couple of different wood choices, (they don't do the whole Artiny/Ohana Catalogue, for example they don't carry a copy of the SK21 Sopranino) and I have seen them on sale in the UK too. As well as the brands mentioned so far they also do Vivace and Adagio Violins, Virano Guitars and MMS Chinese folk instruments.

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