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Rolings Soprano
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

INV Music

This is a French distribution company founded in 2011 and with most of the brands in their catalogue, like Armadillos and JAMs Brands, they are quite obviously only distributors however there is one Ukulele brand that I have not seen distributed elsewhere, Wiki. This brand seems to have started in 2015, (or possibly late 2014?) and has a large budget end range of colourful and decorated Sopranos, (some designs of which I've not seen before) and moving on through laminate to solid wood better quality models that are made in China, (not South America as I have seen suggested). The best quality ones have a lot of rope bindings and look like they were made by Samwill. Most of the better quality one are also Soprano but I have seen a couple that are suppose to be Concert and I have seen it suggested thee is a Tenor and Baritone model too, though I have not seen those. Another brand the have that I have not seen elsewhere is JTR. These come 6 coloured Sopranos and Concerts, plus a Tenor and a Baritone. The headstock shape in general and particularly the two colour effect on the Tenor and Baritone make me think they are made by the same factory as Samick, (so possibly made in Indonesia), but they have no headstock logo and I have not seen the smaller models in the Samick catalogue?

Pepe Sanz

This is, I believe, a German distributor name and I say I believe here because I can't find much out about them. the range appears to consist of a reasonable Concert and the cheapest Uke bass I have seen to date; no other Ukuleles, no guitars, nothing else, and it is predominantly sold on line so i suspect it is someone buying for China, branding and selling on?

Rolings

A brand name widely distributed throughout Italy, (and certainly into Switzerland). I have seen it one all sorts of instruments , brass, percussion, amplifiers and the like, as well as chordophones and certainly included in the range are Soprano and Concert Ukuleles. All of the instrument look to be aimed at the lower end of the market, but the pricing for Ukuleles suggests that there are some that are better then budget. I can find no website for the brand though so I don't know who is behind it

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