Birthplace of the Electronic Carillon
The company’s roots date back to 1935, when founder George Schulmerich began studying and researching radios and bells. Schulmerich found that tiny rods of cast bronze struck with miniature hammers produced barely audible, but pure, bell tones. Schulmerich amplified the sounds electronically, producing a rich and sonorous tone. He called his invention carillonic bells.
By the early 1940s, Schulmerich instruments were placed in 32 of the 48 states, at which point the rapid growth warranted a larger factory that was built on Main Street in historic Sellersville, Pennsylvania (the company would move to its current Sellersville location in 1950).
Schulmerich electronic carillons are widely known to have the most realistic bell sounds of any manufacturer in the world.
The new Schulmerich g5™ Electronic Carillon series brings Schulmerich sound to an entirely new level, offers advanced functionality backed by today’s best technology, and includes a range of music and variety of bell sounds that is simply unmatched.
The Advent of Handbells and MelodyChimes® Instruments
The company began manufacturing handbells in 1962 with a 25-bell prototype set and move into full production in 1963. Many design improvements and patents later, Schulmerich has manufactured well over one million handbells, spanning a 7-octave range (85 notes). A 25-bell set of Schulmerich™ Handbells is now a part of the permanent collection of 2,000 American and European instruments in the Division of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Schulmerich began manufacturing MelodyChime® Instruments in September 1998 and now offers five complete octaves. MelodyChime® Instruments have less complex harmonics and are easier to ring than handbells.
MelodyChime® Instruments form a wonderful complement to the sound of Schulmerich™ handbells.
In August of 2012, the assets of Schulmerich Carillons, Inc., were sold to Schulmerich Carillons, LLC, a company controlled by Jonathan Goldstein, an attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Goldstein, who has also worked for more than a decade in the technology industry and has successfully grown other companies, had been looking to invest in a manufacturing firm. While he had been involved in professional services for more than 20 years, his family had for years been in the manufacturing industry and he, too, wanted to get involved in the delivery of a tangible product.
Goldstein wanted to own a company that was an iconic brand in its space, widely known for quality, and which had been family-owned.
Schulmerich had been owned for many years by a family trust whose members were looking to either sell or liquidate the company. Schulmerich met all of Jonathan’s criteria, and then some. Jonathan saw great potential for Schulmerich and liked that the company’s workforce was a deeply experienced team of both union and non-union employees committed to American manufacturing.
Under his enthusiastic leadership, the company has renewed its focus on innovation and manufacturing excellence. In addition to the release of the new Schulmerich g5™ Electronic Carillon series, and a fresh look and feel for the Schulmerich brand, other customer-driven improvements are in the works, including modernized factory facilities, lower shipping rates, and implementation of a new software system to track and streamline customers’ experience from inquiry through maintenance.
Bells – and innovation – are at the heart of Schulmerich. 2013 marks the company’s 50th anniversary in handbell manufacturing and the release of the company’s groundbreaking Schulmerich g5™ Electronic Carillon series. With more than 46 patents awarded to Schulmerich throughout its history and an ongoing dedication to bringing the best in bell sounds, Schulmerich is proud of its heritage and ready for the future.