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Giuliani Tenor Ukulele
Giuliani Tenor
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.

Jinyun Musical Instrument Co.

The Factory/office is in Huizhou City, Guangdong, and founded in 1999 they appear, (if they are actual makers, the catalogue is pretty generic and include distinctive models like the fish that appears in a number of peoples catalogues?) to only produce Ukuleles and small scale (30-32 in) Guitars. They have Soprano, Concert and Tenor, plus one Sopranino in the catalogue but no Baritones, string variations or superscales though. Apart from doing OEM work and branding the Ukuleles Jin Yun (with 2 bat wing things) on the headstock I have also seen them use Bat King, (still with the bat wings), and Overdrive

Sunny Crystal

Have been around since before 2006 selling Woodwind Instruments, Violins and Guitars (which they may make?). In 2013 they launched a range of Ukuleles branded Giuliani (the same brand as their Violins but without the Italy(?) stuck on the end - from the catalogue I think they have the same attitude to copyright honesty too)

YueSen Musical Instrument Factory

Founded in 2004 in HuaiNan as an electric Guitar maker, using the brand names Super3 and Rockstar, over the years they have added Amps, Keyboards and now Ukuleles with the brand name Taka to their catalogue. I have only seen fairly budget Sopranos from them but the graphics on them are different so they might be the actual maker(?) and another product they have in their catalogue, which I've not seen from anyone else is a "Childs" electric Guitar with a built in amp and speaker that is the same scale length as a Baritone Ukulele. 

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