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Haytrade Chevallier baritone Bass Ukulele
Chevallier Bass
There are a number of European importers and retailers who have a range of Ukuleles they import, usually from China, and then brand with their own name. They are usually better than the budget end, (though may include a budget end model) and some can be quite good quality

Fame

This is the house brand for the large Cologne, Germany based distributor and internet reseller Musicstore Professional. The range consists of all kinds of musical instruments including Drums, Amps, Wind, Keyboards and all kinds of Guitar, plus Ukuleles. The electric Guitars are suppose to be made by Mayones in Poland and this comes up a lot in searches but Mayones don't appear to make the acoustic Guitars and they definitely don't make the Ukuleles as these come from Portugal, (possibly APC is the maker). The range is acacia bodied and comes as Soprano to Baritone.

Haytrade

A French distribution company founded in 2002. It distributes all kind of musical instrument under two brand names, Chevallier and Stol. I'm not sure what the distinction is other than Stol seems to be more for Guitars though there are plenty of Chevallier Guitars too? All of the instruments under both brandings look fairly low end with, certainly for Ukuleles, the Chevallier ones being on the whole very budget, (nevertheless the Uke Bass pictured was branded Chevallier?). Ukuleles come in with both brand names and are mainly Soprano scale. There is also a Guitalele but though they do distribute Banjos, no Banjolelels

Westfield

Founded in 1969 they were a Scottish Guitar distributor, owned by P&R Howard (Music), who sold Ukuleles under 3 different own brands. The biggest for Ukuleles in all the usual sizes was the Westfield name itself and they had one of the re-branded DaeWon Banjoleles in their Sheridan range. They also owned the budget brand Boston. The firm ceased trading in 2013

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