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mimmo
06-09-2013, 02:14 AM
hello guys,
here is the way to distinguish the genuine strings from the asian fakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ71DNreiaY

this is very helpfull for those that make their ukulele brands from asian factories and pay for an original aquila installation and believe to have them in honestly :(
Ciao
Mimmo

teruterubouzu
06-09-2013, 02:21 AM
I'm sorry to hear people are counterfeiting your strings. It's too bad you have to go to such measures to protect your brand.

Skinny Money McGee
06-09-2013, 02:54 AM
Seems like the Chinese communist government encourages counterfeiting, they sure don't seem to do anything about it. Heck, some companies were counterfeiting Apple iPads complete with the packaging. Apple had to scream bloody murder and get the US gov involved before the Chinese gov did anything. I will never buy a uke made in China.

ichadwick
06-09-2013, 07:08 AM
But which is which? The video is silent....

mimmo
06-09-2013, 07:26 AM
of course! you should see that the original glowe under UV light while the fake no. sound make not sense at all
Mimmo

ichadwick
06-09-2013, 07:41 AM
Sorry, but how are we - humble ukulele players - to know the optical properties of strings? Especially properties beyond the visible spectrum? I certainly don't carry a UV light with me every time I visit a music store.

Bill Mc
06-09-2013, 07:48 AM
mimmo, do the fakes sound different than the genuine Aquila ? That would be a more practical for most of us to tell the difference.

Doc_J
06-09-2013, 08:41 AM
hello guys,
here is the way to distinguish the genuine strings from the asian fakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ71DNreiaY

this is very helpfull for those that make their ukulele brands from asian factories and pay for an original aquila installation and believe to have them in honestly :(
Ciao
Mimmo

I guess that this more for the brand label companies to check their incoming inventory (Kala, Ohana, Lanikai, etc.).

It amazes me to the extent that the overseas manufacturers will go to shave costs (legal or not).

mm stan
06-09-2013, 01:26 PM
Aloha Mimmo...
do the fakes come in fake packaging... I may have some.... so sad for you....you must be pissed, all the revenue lost from the chinese factories that do that... sue them man


hello guys,
here is the way to distinguish the genuine strings from the asian fakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ71DNreiaY

this is very helpfull for those that make their ukulele brands from asian factories and pay for an original aquila installation and believe to have them in honestly :(
Ciao
Mimmo

Skinny Money McGee
06-09-2013, 01:46 PM
mimmo, do the fakes sound different than the genuine Aquila ? That would be a more practical for most of us to tell the difference.

Bill, I think Mimmo was talking mostly to importers who have their brands, made in China (or somewhere in Asia) for them, that are potentially receiving counterfeit strings on the ukes they import. Trust me, if many of these Chinese manufactures can save 50 cents by counterfeiting and deceiving, they will go to great lengths to do it.

Would be interesting to go to a big uke store and check several imports that have the "Aquila Strings" tag hanging off the tuner.

Unfortunately there is absolutely no recourse, especially when the importer is being ripped off and lied to by his manufacturer. All you can do as the end user, is demand a new set of strings from whomever you bought it from.

lakesideglenn
06-09-2013, 02:16 PM
Aw heck.....I'm just gonna stick with Worths or Southcoast

Paul December
06-09-2013, 03:17 PM
:confused: How can you identify fake GHS strings?
... Trick question, nobody cares! :D

experimentjon
06-09-2013, 05:25 PM
That's kind of crazy that there would be fake Aquila strings out there. (I guess they'd only be fake if they came in Aquila packaging, since I'm sure they can't possibly have a corner on the white-colored-string market.)

But that is actually very cool that Aquilas glow neon under UV light. Imagine playing your ukulele at cosmic bowling...actually, someone needs to make a uke that would glow like crazy under blacklight.

Paul December
06-09-2013, 05:39 PM
I guess they'd only be fake if they came in Aquila packaging, since I'm sure they can't possibly have a corner on the white-colored-string market.

New ukes strung with Aquila strings by the manufacturer come with hang tags identifying them.

blue_knight_usa
06-09-2013, 07:24 PM
Agree with Skinny. Speaking from experience, my invention (U.S. patented) was almost knocked off in China. Within weeks of production, we found an ad for my product using my exact image from my website (idiots!) and fortunately they were advertising on a very popular website that deals with manufacturing so we issued a take down order and had it removed from the site within days. It caused me to question my manufacture who had a U.S. office who swore they did not provide the information, but it was clear someone at the factory talked.

You have ZERO recourse in China for anything, if it's being done in China you're screwed if they knock you off.
U.S. Customs (Dept. of Homeland Security) is so focused on drugs and terrorism and the newly booming human traffic problem from China, that unfortunately they are not going to be interested in catching counterfeit strings. Sucks, for those of us who have worked hard on something no one else put the time or money into only to have someone knock it off and sell it as yours. The uke community is pretty communicative so if someone does know where it's coming from, the best thing is to spread the word, and if anyone selling ukes has them on their ukes, making sure they know and replace them with the valid product. I would hope no legitimate authorized reseller would ever purchasing something like this knowingly to make a few extra bucks.

mimmo
06-09-2013, 09:59 PM
Hi,
just a few more explanations:
1) this notice is made not for retailers but for those that has their ukulele brand
2) we have international patents and ndone trademark logo worldwhide.
3) the problem is that some factories install fake aquilas and fake hang tags and fake aquila logo. I mean, they done a total copy of our original hang tags. This is not legal.
Aquila has the possibility to stop any ukulele importation at the local customs. The problem is that this action will destroy many and many EU and US brands.
The crime ufortunately is both for the illegal importation of counterfeict product with fake hang tags on the western company responsability. Yes, they asked to the asian factory the original aquilas so they also suffer of a not honest business. Unfortunaterly for the patent's regulamentations they are at the same level of responsability. many brands bought the UV detector just to assure that strings are original aquilas because they payed for them.

Mimmo

mm stan
06-09-2013, 10:07 PM
Aloha Mimmo,
I was just going to say this abuse is much more from the factories and not the retail market really is.... that is where most of your business loss would come from since they deal in bulk...
Glad you figured how to identify the fakes......it's like the water marks on US currency....good goings..wish you luck in fixing your problems....yeah shady business overseas, real sad know....
Wonder if Italy has a goverment foreign business and trade office you can file a complaint, would be Worth looking into...Good Luck Mimmo :)

Skinny Money McGee
06-10-2013, 01:20 AM
Hi,
just a few more explanations:
1) this notice is made not for retailers but for those that has their ukulele brand
2) we have international patents and ndone trademark logo worldwhide.
3) the problem is that some factories install fake aquilas and fake hang tags and fake aquila logo. I mean, they done a total copy of our original hang tags. This is not legal.
Aquila has the possibility to stop any ukulele importation at the local customs. The problem is that this action will destroy many and many EU and US brands.
The crime ufortunately is both for the illegal importation of counterfeict product with fake hang tags on the western company responsability. Yes, they asked to the asian factory the original aquilas so they also suffer of a not honest business. Unfortunaterly for the patent's regulamentations they are at the same level of responsability. many brands bought the UV detector just to assure that strings are original aquilas because they payed for them.
Mimmo

Exactly what I thought you were talking about. I imagine you would end up losing more business if you shut them down at customs.

Lanikai for example. Hohner Corp. is the importer, not sure who the Asian manufacture is. But if they were shut down at customs, it would cost Hohner a bloody fortune, and they would most likely demand the manufacture to cease using Aquila strings altogether. Like Mimmo suggests, not good for the importer, retailer, consumer or himself. He has to work it from the inside and let the ones that got through go, take the loss, and hopefully get it stopped.

Of course, there will be some importers that don't care if their ukes have counterfeit strings, but one would think, most would.

Sparkle
06-10-2013, 01:30 AM
Agree with Skinny. Speaking from experience, my invention (U.S. patented) was almost knocked off in China. Within weeks of production, we found an ad for my product using my exact image from my website (idiots!) and fortunately they were advertising on a very popular website that deals with manufacturing so we issued a take down order and had it removed from the site within days. It caused me to question my manufacture who had a U.S. office who swore they did not provide the information, but it was clear someone at the factory talked.

Google Mandiant and NYTimes. Mandiant is a technology security company and they released a study done over a couple of years. They caught the Chinese government involved with hacking. A whole unit of the Chinese Army is thought to be devoted to hacking cybersecurity systems. Part of what they were doing was infiltrating computer systems to steal details of various products. Most were technological, but some were clearly just for commercial applications.

mimmo
06-10-2013, 08:22 AM
fortunately , aquila has a very very strong co operation wioth lanikai. we have also a cobranding of strings. The lanikai factories empl˛oy original aquilas. The problems was on most of the other ones. At the Shangai fair october 2012 we gave to some 94 asian factories a legal comunication that the ukulele of the stand has not original aquilas. we have a loegal office in Shanghai that work daily on this dangerou8s problem. The final western customer is sure that the strings are originals and so the hangtags while instead it is not true. For Aquila done some tests worldwhide is very easy. we have many and many friends alnd lovers of the strings that can do this job for us. in Thailand stores for example anr realize who is the manufacturer. we know almost all the final ukulele manufacturer of the brands in the market that made their instrument in Asia. In total thei nare 190 factories. many collaborate between them but they like to give us the impression that they are competitors or in conflit. There are instances were 5 big factories colaborate betweenj them underground while under the sun it seems to mbe contrary
Regards
Mimmo

hoosierhiver
06-10-2013, 10:12 AM
FYI: Mainland buys Aquilas direct and we string them up ourselves.

Skinny Money McGee
06-12-2013, 06:25 AM
Mimmo, are these counterfeit Aquilas someone bought on Amazon? Never seen them packaged this way before.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?81935-aquila-string-confusion

mimmo
06-12-2013, 11:53 AM
Yes, on amazon are fakes. We contacted them yesterday or that.
Mimmo

silveraven
06-12-2013, 03:56 PM
Yes, on amazon are fakes. We contacted them yesterday or that.
Mimmo

How annoying!

These counterfeits may just be the reason why lately a lot of us are not pleased with the sound Aquila Nylguts are producing. I'd like to think that the stock Aquilas that came with my uke from HMS are originals, but I'm bringing them to the lab for a UV test...just in case.

1badchef
06-12-2013, 09:40 PM
hello guys,
here is the way to distinguish the genuine strings from the asian fakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ71DNreiaY

this is very helpfull for those that make their ukulele brands from asian factories and pay for an original aquila installation and believe to have them in honestly :(
Ciao
Mimmo

Thank you for this info - I checked all my ukuleles (yes I am a weirdo for having a black light) and only one set of aquila strings are original the other 8 sets are all fakes (that includes strings brought in NZ retail stores and an australian Maton ukulele fitted at the factory with aquila strings and tag etc. and a Kala ka-asac-c fitted with strings and tag etc.) - the mind boggles.
Grazie e ciao
Marco

Rodney.
06-12-2013, 09:59 PM
How annoying!

These counterfeits may just be the reason why lately a lot of us are not pleased with the sound Aquila Nylguts are producing.

They might sound the same as Aquilas, but that doesn't matter. The company has put a lot of energy, time, money etcetera in developing and promoting/selling this product. The fact that other people are using the name Aquila falsely to make money is disgusting.

Skinny Money McGee
06-13-2013, 01:52 AM
They might sound the same as Aquilas, but that doesn't matter. The company has put a lot of energy, time, money etcetera in developing and promoting/selling this product. The fact that other people are using the name Aquila falsely to make money is disgusting.

If your a business and you have a manufacture facility in China, it's not a matter of if you will be ripped off, it's a matter of when. Kind of makes you think twice about buying a uke made in China, doesn't it?

anthonyg
06-13-2013, 02:45 AM
I've bought ukulele's that had what was claimed to be Aquila strings on them but I wasn't sure. They sounded dull to me. I fitted the instrument with new Aquila strings from a reputable source and the instrument sounded brighter.

Anthony

fernandogardinali
06-13-2013, 03:12 AM
Note that mimmo said in the description: "From Dicember 2011 all Aquila ukulele nylgut strings are added with a special (not toxic or dangerous) ingredient."

It's just 1 year and a half ago. It's very likely people bought strings from older stocks etc

Rodney.
06-13-2013, 08:46 AM
If your a business and you have a manufacture facility in China, it's not a matter of if you will be ripped off, it's a matter of when. Kind of makes you think twice about buying a uke made in China, doesn't it?

Not at all. All my ukes (Kala, Makala and Islander) are made in China. I just made sure to buy them from dealers with some reputation.

1badchef
06-13-2013, 06:38 PM
I have got three old packets with batches labelled A 7/2012, A2/2013, BA 4/2012 all fake.

Skinny Money McGee
06-14-2013, 01:26 AM
Not at all. All my ukes (Kala, Makala and Islander) are made in China. I just made sure to buy them from dealers with some reputation.

missed the point

armchair_spaceman
06-14-2013, 02:53 AM
I've bought ukulele's that had what was claimed to be Aquila strings on them but I wasn't sure. They sounded dull to me. I fitted the instrument with new Aquila strings from a reputable source and the instrument sounded brighter.

Anthony

yep, same here, a noticeable difference in sound and feel between the ones that came stock out of the box and the ones bought over the counter. The stock ones just didn't look as 'white' as the newies either.

Edit: It's not uncommon in a range of industries for contract manufacturers over there to be less than discerning about their supply lines, especially when they're building to a price (and possibly subbing out some of the work to smaller shops). It's not a universal problem but it's widespread.

thenewb
07-17-2014, 10:18 PM
A reminder to fellow ukers on fake aquila strings. I recently purchased a laminate uke and it came with a set of strings with an 'Aquila tag' (sorry for the bad picture).
69096

Aquila strings are pretty expensive in China and would never give them away for free. So if the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Rllink
07-18-2014, 04:10 AM
This is not about the counterfeit strings, which is a different issue, but the strings that come on a ukulele would never be a deal breaker for me. A set of Aquilas cost less than ten dollars and it takes fifteen minutes to change them out.

iamesperambient
07-18-2014, 06:05 AM
This is not about the counterfeit strings, which is a different issue, but the strings that come on a ukulele would never be a deal breaker for me. A set of Aquilas cost less than ten dollars and it takes fifteen minutes to change them out.

i always replace the stock strings even if their aquila and i want aquila you just never know. So for me too its not a deal breaker at all. Guitars, ukes etc as soon as i get it home the stock strings come off and are replaced anyway.

chooky
09-11-2014, 05:34 PM
Over the last few weeks i have bought four sets of Aquila strings from a local music shop. I checked them with a blacklight last night. Only one set was genuine, the other three didn't glow under the light.

Short of buying them directly from the factory, or carting a blacklight around the shops I don't know how to be sure that I am getting the genuine article. Maybe Aquilas could put a message on the packet informing people about the blacklight test. That might help discourage forgers because they would now know that a fairly simple test will reveal the fakes.

mimmo
09-11-2014, 08:15 PM
Hi guys, a few more informations
the fist one: we introduce a change in the envelope of the New Nylgut strings: the new one is gold and it is a expensive thick paper made in Italy not available in Asia
of course it need some months that the last store has the possibility to sold out the last old set with brown colour.
---
we opened, a month ago, our own asian office close to Guangzhou. In-there there are own workers
at the same time we informed all the asian factory that starting from January 2015 the old white nylgut strings are uficially out of market.
The new ufficial aquila strings will be supernylgut whose colour is white- pearl and with a very fast installation time. that it is very welcame to the factory

you see: white is an industrial colour and it is easily available in the market while pearl no. because no one of the fakemaker manage extruder plants. the sound od supernylgut is the same as before
The implication of our Aquila china office and the introduction of the Supernylgut pearl colourt is that the fake production will be contrasted

it is very easy to distingush by eyes the original form the white fakes. No UV again!
This is important for all those big brand- customers that make their ukuleles from the chinese factory.
we are going to inform evrybody about a such changes!

you see: no one of the brands is happy to order aquilas, pay for aquilas installed and then received fake aquilas.
the responsability is not all over the asian maker: many do not know how to to know if these 'aquila agents' are going to supply them with original or fakes. many are anxious to know if they are original or not because they hate to lost their customers
what about the sound of fakes?
I done my checks and I can say that mostly are made of recycling materials with some % of different plastic compound such as PP, PET etc that make the sound duller than the original.

here is our asian aquila office

www.aquilastringschina.com

things will change fast now

Ciao
Mimmo

chooky
09-13-2014, 12:18 AM
That's great to hear! Looking forward to the new strings and packaging!

ScooterD35
09-13-2014, 03:30 AM
Mimmo,

I've been using D'Addario's Nyltech strings, which I understand are made in the USA by D'Addario using a proprietary Aquila formula. Is this correct?


Scooter

Tootler
09-13-2014, 06:23 AM
of course! you should see that the original glowe under UV light while the fake no. sound make not sense at all
Mimmo

Sound does make sense. Not the sound from the ukulele but a commentary telling us which is which and what we are looking for. You've explained it here OK but not everyone seeing the video will have seen this or similar threads. Without the commentary how are we to know that it's the ones that glow under UV light and not the other way round.

Paul December
09-13-2014, 06:49 AM
---
we opened, a month ago, our own asian office close to Guangzhou. In-there there are own workers
at the same time we informed all the asian factory that starting from January 2015 the old white nylgut strings are uficially out of market.

here is our asian aquila office

www.aquilastringschina.com

things will change fast now

Ciao
Mimmo

So some Aquila strings are made in China, or does the office just distribute Italian made strings in China :confused:

ZappCatt
01-15-2016, 05:52 PM
So..all factory installed strings should be SuperNylgut "Pearl Sheen"....so you are sure no one else can create a string which looks pearly? Do you still use the UV dye to double check that the strings are legit?

I have 2 ukuleles which came with "Pearly" strings. One had an Aquila hang tag, the other did not. One flouresces in UV light, the other does not... Do I have fake Aquilas?

kohanmike
01-15-2016, 08:17 PM
Yes, you have a fake set. I keep a little UV flashlight in my car and when I remember, I use it to check any Aquila strings I buy.

UkerDanno
01-16-2016, 04:46 AM
So..all factory installed strings should be SuperNylgut "Pearl Sheen"....

I don't think ALL are SuperNylgut...

ZappCatt
01-16-2016, 08:06 AM
Hi guys, a few more informations
---
we opened, a month ago, our own asian office close to Guangzhou. In-there there are own workers
at the same time we informed all the asian factory that starting from January 2015 the old white nylgut strings are uficially out of market.
The new ufficial aquila strings will be supernylgut whose colour is white- pearl and with a very fast installation time. that it is very welcame to the factory

you see: white is an industrial colour and it is easily available in the market while pearl no. because no one of the fakemaker manage extruder plants. the sound od supernylgut is the same as before
The implication of our Aquila china office and the introduction of the Supernylgut pearl colourt is that the fake production will be contrasted

it is very easy to distingush by eyes the original form the white fakes. No UV again!
This is important for all those big brand- customers that make their ukuleles from the chinese factory.
we are going to inform evrybody about a such changes!

Ciao
Mimmo

I was basing my question on this post from Mimmo. Needless to say, there is confusion, at least in my mind....he mentions that the pearl will be different from white and thus distinct(yay) but also says "No UV again"...does that mean that they stopped using the UV dye in their new SuperNylguts due to their belief that no one could fake the Pearl color? If so, some of these "fakes" that users are reporting might be actual Aquila strings.

I tried to see a comparison of the fake strings with their new supernylgut on their site so that I could tell the difference, but could not find any side by side comparisons.

gregc
01-24-2016, 01:33 PM
I know, a year or so ago, D'Addario had the same problem with guitar strings. Damn Chinese thieves.

mimmo
01-24-2016, 02:20 PM
Just finished the NAMM show...
Ok, here are my answers guys

1) daddario nyltech is made in Italy in our headquarter and then send to D'addario company.

2) no one AQUILA strings is made in China. This will NEVER happen.
All are made in Italy in our headquarter and then shipped to our office in Dongguan city, close to Canton.

3) to contrast the fake Aquilas -that are common in China- we added a special ingredient that make the string glowing under the UV light. This was done between the 2013 till the end of the 2014 year.
Then we introduced the super nylgut whose quality is that it is less stretchy and with white pearl color that it is very hard to copy than the white color and it is very easy to recognize by eyes.

While the standard new nylgut has the glowing ingredient inside the supernylgut not. This because it is much more easy to recognize that the strings are original AQUILA thanks to the pearl color.
Since two years the supernylgut Strings are the only Aquila ukulele strings available to the Chinese factories.
In fact, we have a very big stock at the Dongguan office. No white glowing strings available to the Asian ukulele manufacturers.

In conclusion, only the packaged new nylgut is still glowing under UV light
The packaged supernylgut is not glowing; it has a white pearl color that is easy to recognize by eyes and grant that they are original strings.


Ciao from Anaheim CA
Ready to go back to Italy and make strings

Ps 1: the fake strings are in plastic bags only. The original ones are in their own paper envelopes. But that cannot exclude that some can be packaged like ours.

Ps2: fake Aquilas has some% of plastics that has nothing to do with the sound. They make the strings dull!
Sometime these fake strings are made with Asian white nylon and are terrible to hear.

Royalrose
01-24-2016, 02:51 PM
Right you are - I'm agree :rulez:

ZappCatt
01-24-2016, 06:12 PM
Thanks for the update, have a great trip home.

While I am sure that someone who knows what to look for can tell if they are fake or not, those of us here at home are guessing at what they should look like. I will try to get a picture which shows how similar these strings look, hopefully you will have time to see if you think they are SuperNylgut

Since I only own these 2 ukuleles which are made in Asia(factories or handmade) and one has glowing strings(old Aquila Nylgut-Yay) and the other has strings which are very similar in color...but potentially pearly which do not glow. I have no idea if the second strings(not from a Major US company) are SuperNylgut or would match your description of Pearly.

Does Aquila have pictures on the site showing what the new strings should look like? I tried to find some, but was unable to see a strung instrument with the SuperNylgut showing the Pearl color.

mimmo
01-25-2016, 01:14 AM
YES there are some pictures that can help.
Thanks for the request
Anyway all the major us company uses the original ones
Ciao!
Mimmo

http://www.aquilastringschina.com/Our_products_files/IMG_3058.JPG

cpmusic
01-25-2016, 01:54 PM
Hi guys, a few more informations
the fist one: we introduce a change in the envelope of the New Nylgut strings: the new one is gold and it is a expensive thick paper made in Italy not available in Asia
of course it need some months that the last store has the possibility to sold out the last old set with brown colour.
---
we opened, a month ago, our own asian office close to Guangzhou. In-there there are own workers
at the same time we informed all the asian factory that starting from January 2015 the old white nylgut strings are uficially out of market.
The new ufficial aquila strings will be supernylgut whose colour is white- pearl and with a very fast installation time. that it is very welcame to the factory

Thank you, Mimmo. This answers a question I've had about some Aqulias I bought recently. They came in the gold package, which I hadn't seen before, and I'm glad to know that the gold paper is correct.

I have a concert set in the brown package, which looks right, and there's a sticker on the back marked MC 5/2014 along with the barcode. But the strings inside are in a thin plastic sleeve. The sleeve isn't sealed, but this is the only set I've seen with such a sleeve like that. Has this ever been done, or have you always put the strings directly in the paper envelope?

Thanks again for your help!

cpmusic
01-28-2016, 10:32 AM
I got a UV flashlight today and checked out all of my Aquila Nylgut strings. It was an eye-opening experience.

The good news is that all of the Nylguts I bought directly are genuine. Some came from juststrings.com, and some from a local dealer. Good on both of them.

The bad news is that some of the strings that came on our ukes are fake, including a KA-SEM (purchased two or three years ago), a KA-15S, three Makalas, and an Hola! concert. In a strange twist, my wife's Maluhia has three genuine Nylguts and one fake.

Each of these ukes came with the same official (or official-looking) Aquila string tag on the #1 tuner shaft.

EDIT: While re-reading parts of this thread I was looking at two sets of strings I removed from two ukes, one of which glows and the other doesn't. There is a difference in color, the non-glowing one being slightly darker, and I'm thinking that they may be Super Nylguts. This seems to be the only such set among the strings I looked at so it's clear I still have some fakes.

cpmusic
01-28-2016, 11:19 AM
Mimmo,

I know you're busy, so when you have a chance:

Do you know if any ukulele manufacturers are shipping their instruments with Super Nylgut strings instead of New Nylgut? It's difficult to compare strings between ukes in a store, and since the Super Nylgut doesn't glow under UV light it's difficult to know. I don't recall seeing the word Super on Aquila hang tags I've seen so far, but I could be mistaken.

Thanks in advance.

bonesoup
01-28-2016, 11:12 PM
I read that Kanilea ships with Super Nylgut now.

mimmo
01-30-2016, 12:46 AM
Dear Chris, the so called 'ukulele manufacturers' are hundreds: most of them works for the asian market that, right now, is indeed very big.
you consider that, in Canton city only, there are almost 200 ukulele teachers and some thousands of young players in the schools etc.
China is just at the begginning about the 'ukulele crazyness', I cannot immage what can happen if the ukulele became more popular.

Actually, those that really make ukuleles for many brands are around 200 factories whose 90 % are in China, the rest in Indonesia, Vietnam, korea etc.

Well, all this to say that it is not possible to have the control over the whole situation concerning ukulele brands and the strings they uses.

Yes, you can recognize the supernylgut because the pearl colour.
see the link in my previous post and see the difference between the traditional New Nylgut and the Supernylgut.

However, there are 2 years that we informed every asian factory at the Shanghai music fair that starting from january 2015 the white nylgut will be not be the ufficial ukulele Aquila strings.
However, it is possible that there are still old ukuleles around -that were made before the end of the 2014 year- that are installed with the white glowing nylgut.
Ciao
Mimmo

Mivo
01-30-2016, 01:58 AM
Mimmo, I just wanted to say that you and your colleague were great in the UU video for NAMM. Definitely among the most personable and likable folks in the videos this year. :)

mimmo
01-30-2016, 07:09 AM
ah! thanks
I am always worry about my english.
nothing but easy when Aldrine has a camera in front of me and I try to answer him in a right and wise way!
Ah ah
take care
Mimmo

cpmusic
01-30-2016, 08:37 AM
Dear Chris, the so called 'ukulele manufacturers' are hundreds: most of them works for the asian market that, right now, is indeed very big.
you consider that, in Canton city only, there are almost 200 ukulele teachers and some thousands of young players in the schools etc.
China is just at the begginning about the 'ukulele crazyness', I cannot immage what can happen if the ukulele became more popular.

Actually, those that really make ukuleles for many brands are around 200 factories whose 90 % are in China, the rest in Indonesia, Vietnam, korea etc.

Well, all this to say that it is not possible to have the control over the whole situation concerning ukulele brands and the strings they uses.

Yes, you can recognize the supernylgut because the pearl colour.
see the link in my previous post and see the difference between the traditional New Nylgut and the Supernylgut.

However, there are 2 years that we informed every asian factory at the Shanghai music fair that starting from january 2015 the white nylgut will be not be the ufficial ukulele Aquila strings.
However, it is possible that there are still old ukuleles around -that were made before the end of the 2014 year- that are installed with the white glowing nylgut.
Ciao
Mimmo

Thank you, Mimmo! I didn't think you'd know about every brand name or factory, but the sentence I put in bold letters above is exactly what I was looking for.

By the way, I worked for 28 years in customer service for a large corporation, and I talked with customers from many different countries whose English wasn't as good as yours. Heck, I talked with many Americans whose English wasn't that good.

Thanks again!

Inksplosive AL
01-30-2016, 07:38 PM
Reading all this I'm glad I switched to Reds and Lava's since I haven't heard about fakes of those yet.