I was going through my B2B lesson and noticed something. The design of the seven harmonica case, the shape of the cover plate, screw location, etc. I am thinking that my FBD harmonicas are rebranded or made by East Top. The FBD has the artwork from the East Top 008 but the cover plates and comb from another model that does not list a model number. Have a look.
They very well could be made by Easttop. Couldn’t say for definite but orther Fender harps were made by Seydel. Fender don.t manufacture harmonicas they have them made by other manufacturers and branded Fender.
I have a Hohner Crossover, a set of special 20’s, but my favorite and most comfortable (for me) harmonica to play, is my 12 dollar Fender Blues deluxe. I wouldn’t doubt for a minute that they weren’t being manufactured by someone like Seydel.
Without any knowledge specifically, yes, I’d imagine the main far east hamonica factories have contracts to produce instruments for lots of brands. The key thing though is what quality control is put in place, that’s where brands like fender or hohner don’t want to risk their image.
The internet/youtube reputation of Easttop is pretty good though, clearly they run a good factory.
I have purchased several harps from Conjurer and the top of the line and just below that are impressive models and with a good price. They put East Top and even Hohner on guard!