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My Kaka Love Sopranino
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.

Enya International Instruments Co.

They also go by the name of JiYi Musical Instruments Co and were founded in 2009, in Huiyang, Huizhou, Guangdong. They claim to have a factory that employs over 100 people making high end Guitars and an office In California, but I think they are more likely just a distributor? (they may well have the office in California though). The Catalogue they show is very generic, they say they own the brand name Tom but I don't think they do, (they may have distributed some in the past but apart from the one statement on the website there is no further links and on the Tom website it lists a different parent company), and some of the Ukuleles they brand are pretty budget for a "company is specialized in the production and sale of high-end rhythm guitars and ukuleles."? Some brands they do own and distribute include Century, Kaka, (often with a big K on the headstock), Enya, and O.M.S. There may be more I haven't come across? (There is also a Guitar brand called Amari but I've not seen this on a Ukulele). They claim to be the OEM for Peavey, Lag and Lanikai? but I'm suspicious of this, I do believe they are the Chinese supplier for ÖzÜn though.

Genk Instrument Co.

Based in Huizhou, Guangdong province and founded, as far as I can work out, in 2014, this firm specialises in Ukuleles and Ukulele accessories like cases, tuners and capos. For Ukuleles the house brand is Hoke and I don't see signs of OEM manufacture? What they do make under the Hoke brand is Sopranos, Concerts and Tenors, all in laminate wood apart from a carbon fiber top Concert and Tenor. They extend the range with a number of Guitaleles and a number of double G 5 string models, but no Lili'us Taropatches or Pineapples. They also do a sapele range with laser etched soundboards, a lot of slot heads for the Concerts and Tenors and some of the Guitaleles. There is also a range that has Hoke inlaid as the 12th fret marker and a large hole in the center of the headstock, It may well be the case for the specifications given on the website that the Concerts and Tenors may be a little longer than the usual size for mass produced Chinese Ukuleles? On the other hand, with a few bits of detailing that crop up with a lot of makers and no OEM work it could be they are really just a distributor and the Ukuleles are made in one of the other local factories?

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