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Back to nice shiny(ish) Ukuleles...

posted 21 Oct 2018, 15:02 by Lardy Fatboy   [ updated 9 Nov 2018, 17:48 ]
Aria Prototype glossy Soprano
teisco westheimer kingston faux flame Soprano
And experimental ones at that! Well not so much an experiment as one of a number of Ukulele samples the Huizhou Quanfeng Yule Products Co., Ltd. produced for Aria. Why Aria didn't go with them I don't know? How the samples got on to the open market I don't know? what I have seen though is after being turned down by Aria they all got a soundhole label with the Vandora brand name, (one of Quanfeng's house brands) put in, and mine is the fanciest of the ones I have seen with the iridescent Aria and flower on the headstock and the equally iridescent perfeling around the body, (and everyone knows I like sparkly instruments). Maybe once it arrives I will know why Aria rejected it? And I hope its because of price or something and not quality.

Well at the time it may have been a bit experimental as the other Ukulele pictured is a Kingston, the Brand of Japanese Chordophones that Jack Westheimer used when he first started the practice of importing Instruments from overseas, (in this case Japan), and killing Harmony, Regal, Kay and most of the other less premium US brand names. I believe the Ukulele itself was made by Teisco, (who were in turn killed by Korean, Chinese and Indonesian manufacturers), and apart from its history, I have always liked the faxu flamed finish.