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Chris Mirabella Soprano Ukulele
Chris(tian) Mirabella Soprano
In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

Chris(tian) Mirabella

From New York, he was apprenticed to James D'Aquisto (who had been John D'Angelico's apprentice) and finished the training in the 1980's He makes mainly top end Archtop Guitars but does do Mandolins and the occasional Ukulele as well

Duane Heilman - Black Bear

Based in Yakima, Washington, and as well as a luthier he considers himself an artist and so like some other artists in the past he heavily decorates/paints some of his Ukuleles. He has been building, and repairing stringed instruments since 1991, and started making Ukuleles in 1998. He makes all scales of Ukulele from Sopranino to Baritone. Usually he just makes the instruments he feels like, then puts them up for sale, but he does take the occasional commission.

Russ Morin - Big Rusty

From Greenville, South Carolina and starting in 2005, he makes resonator Ukuleles in all standard scales from Soprano to Baritone and including Supersoprano. He has made ordinary Ukuleles too though and Lili'u s including Lili'u Resonators
Russ Morin died in September 2015 aged 52

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