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fengling fine legent soprano ukulele
Fine Legend Soprano
There are a lot of Ukulele factories in China, usually in Guangzhou, and whilst some of them make the famous brands that are distributed internationally, (and some don't respect copyright), they also produce other less famous brands that only get very limited distribution. These may be the factory "house" brands or may be a limited trial run and they never really went into production, (but then a trial run of 500 is more than some luthiers will ever make)? I haven't found the information to be more specific, but some of these brands are as good as the famous ones made along side them so deserve some recognition.
Some of the factories will have used more than one of the brand names on otherwise identical models of Ukulele and I am finding the more I look into it that some of these "manufacturers" are really only Ukulele distributors and by this I mean that a company that specialises in making say Guitars or Violins is asked by a customer to supply Ukuleles as well. Instead of making the Ukuleles themselves, although they probably could, they buy them from one of the other factories and sell them on as their own; making it hard to work out who exactly makes them? Anyway here is what I have found.

Alaya Super Musical Instruments Co.

Lots of fun here! The first confusion I have is there is 2 different company names listed on the same page referring to the same Ukulele. As well as Alaya Super Music there is Han Flag Musical Instruments. The factory itself is located in Zhangzhou, Fujian province and has been in business since 2010. The product list is listed as acoustic Guitars and Ukuleles, Drums and Cajons, and other musical instruments accessories. For Ukuleles the main brand is Hun (I have seen it in the descriptions written as Han but the headstock logo always say Hun) and under this branding I have seen Concerts and Tenors in the standard woods with a solid top and laminate back and sides. The other brand name I have seen them use is Alaya but I have only seen this on full size acoustic Guitars.


Lots more fun on this page as I have found Feng Ling (Fengling) Musical Instruments Co. and Ling Feng Musical Instruments Co.! As always with Chinese web sites it is never completely clear what is going on but from the addresses it does look like they are different companies?

Fengling Musical Instruments Co.

18 River Road. River Town, Xiqiao, Taixing, Jiangsu. Founded in 1968 as a Violin maker but since then has added all of the Violin family, Guitars, Mandolins and chordophone paraphernalia like bags, kits and spare parts to its catalogue as well as Ukuleles. The main house brand for this factory is Fine Legend and I have seen Ukuleles advertised as such, however the Ukuleles themselves appear to have a soundhole label saying Rogue Fine Instruments. Now I have seen Rogue Fine Instruments Sopranos and Baritones elsewhere and they do have a headstock logo too, they are fairly budget in quality but clearly from the graphics do come from the same factory

Ling Feng Musical Instruments Co.

Li Cheng Road, Cha Yuang Industrial Zone, Qui Chang Town, Hui Yang District, Huizhou, Guangdong. Founded in 2005 as a Guitar maker but including all of the associated paraphernalia and Ukuleles in its catalogue. Its main house brand is Pigeon under which it sells all of the chordophone types it makes and most of them look to be at the low end of the market. For Ukuleles it has Soprano,Concert and Tenor plus Guitaleles and a triangle shaped Ukulele that is reminiscent of J Charmers Doane's Northern School Ukulele

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