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    Default Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    Does anyone know where, in Java, Pono mandolins are made? It is a huge island with, I think, three distinct areas/states/something. I have a number of Indonesian friends and if it is convenient, maybe I can stop by the factory when I visit.
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    Default Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    I guess no one knows. Either that or it is a secret location known only to those of calloused fingers and a hatred for all things banjo.
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    Default Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    FWIW, the Pono website doesn't seem to give an address, but it does say About:
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    Default Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    Kilin has posted elsewhere that they are made in Indonesia and then set up in Hawaii:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...octaves!/page3
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    Default Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    Yes, but where?

    I have friends staying in Java right now, so I might be able to go there for a visit if I knew where to go.
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    Default Re: Where are Pono Octave Mandolins made?

    OK, that thread has the name of the owner with a phone number. It might be a good idea to simply call and have a conversation. You'd have to have an appointment to go there anyway. You could also simply send him a PM here on the Cafe. The message with that information is below:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...=1#post1550097
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    You can find a phone number on the Pono website. By far, ukes are the majority of their builds. I have two parlor guitars, a six and a 12 string, and there is not a piece of plastic on either. Likely you will get the owner on the phone. Sometimes you tend to forget just how small these companies are. I had a RedEye question once and got the owner/designer on the phone. At the time he had Austin musicians building them on his kitchen table.
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    I can’t speak for all models, but mine was made in Indonesia...

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    My guess is that the factory is not used to having visitors, and may not even have a way of doing that unless you have a business relationship/purpose for the visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    My guess is that the factory is not used to having visitors, and may not even have a way of doing that unless you have a business relationship/purpose for the visit.
    I doubt that. Indonesians are a friendly people as a general rule, and they are most welcoming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocT View Post
    I doubt that. Indonesians are a friendly people as a general rule, and they are most welcoming.
    Sure, Indonesians are very friendly and very smart people, as far as my experience goes.
    I was thinking more along the lines that it's a production shop, and there are staffing and/or liability concerns with any production shop if you start having random people walking around.

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    Its the Ectonesians ya have to watch out for...Just call or email Kyle at pono. He will tell you if and where you could tour.
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