Cantabile serial no. 51 Ueno Gakki Mfg. Co. Osaka, Japan c1960s
The following information was kindly provided by Kazuhiro Sanada, of Sanada & Co., Tokyo; via Robb Stewart:
Cantabile pocket trumpets were made by Ueno Gakki Manufacture Co. Ueno Gakki was a small company founded in 1892, and located in Osaka, Japan. Nonaka Boeki Comany was their distributor for Japanese market.
Cantabile pocket trumpets were developed by Tokio Ueno who was the third owner of the company. It was a small company and he made everything by himself. He not only made trumpets but also worked on the repair of brass instruments from the 1950s. He developed the pocket trumpets in 1960s, and continued to make it until 1980s.
He discontinued making instruments in the 1990s, continuing with repair work only, until he closed down his shop in 2002. He was unable to find a successor, and passed away in 2005.
It plays very well, and has a more brilliant tone than Cantabile no. 8. At this time, I know of just three other examples in the U.S. The final three photos show it next to my other example, serial number 8, so the differences are more apparent. No. 51 is silver plated, plus has a very nice detail abalone pearl touches on the finger buttons. I am keeping track of known serial numbers for Cantabile, so if you have one, please let me know.
Bell Diameter: 4.75