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Jaseason Season Concert Ukulele
Season Concert
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.

Fu Rui-Gifts Manufacture Co

Founded in 2005 and says its a manufacturer who does OEM work for Lanikai, Lag and Epiphone (aren't Epiphones made in Indonesia?). I suspect they are really just a distributor, the Ukuleles on their site are fairly generic looking with a variety of fretboard and bridges that I see on a lot of Chinese Ukuleles but no standard sort of look, (all brought in?) There also have some of the fake Kala fruit pineapples that lots of people have.

Taiyuan Musical Co

Based Baiyun, Guangzhou and possibly founded in 2009 (from the Corona headstock logos?). They are a maker of all types of Guitar as well as a big catalogue of Soprano, Supersoprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles. There is very little information on the website but brand names I have seen them use include Corona, (on sale across South Korea and in South Korea at least they have  some kind of deal with Hello Kitty for licenced Ukuleles - well the sound hole holographs look genuine from the photos I have seen?), and Taiyuan plus a Chinese Symbol that I can't replicate, (there is a picture), they also appear to be the OEM for some if not all of Pennate Guitars. In 2014 they appear to have decided to focus on Ukuleles and had a big launch for their new top end brand Mauloa. They also introduced Uke Basses and Guitaleles in this range

Jaseason Musical Instrument Co

Fairly small compared to most of these and may have done work for Lanikai, (or another counterfeiter). House brand names I have seen them use include Season

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