This was a special sample Samwill made for a US distributor; but the distributor decided not to go with Samwill and sold it off cheap - to me, (though shipping and tax doubled the price).
Why they didn't go with Samwill I don't know? This is a really nice Ukulele it is very well made with all of the rope binding, (and there is a lot of it, even on the bridge and fret board!) being proper wood inlay not just a printed pattern. All of the body is solid American Black Walnut, no laminate. It also has a really good tone and a great action when playing. All in all this is as good a Ukulele as any I have.