Dorrin K Mace, Horologost

Dorrin K Mace, Horologost
The Clock Man in a pensive moment

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New, acquisition: Vintage Schulmerich Carillon

Pine Knoll Clock Shop has just acquired a vintage Schulmerich Carillon formerly installed at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.  After restoration this piece will be coupled with the large clock displayed in front of my shop we acquired from the Bultman Funeral Home from New Orleans, LA.  Below is a history of the Schulmerich Carillon

About Us: Our History

Our Bells Ring Throughout the World

Since 1935, a lot of time and thought has gone into bells at Schulmerich Carillons, Inc., of Sellersville, PA.

Schulmerich is the world's largest producer of carillons and handbells, and is one of only a handful of handbell manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1935 by George Schulmerich, the company managed to weather the depression when luxury items such as bells were not considered essential even for a church. The purchase of electronic carillons by the College Avenue Methodist Church in West Somerville, MA, and Father Flanagan's Boys Town in Nebraska helped the company establish a national reputation.

As the installation of carillons spread throughout most of the United States, Schulmerich expanded into a former shirt manufacturing plant in Sellersville, PA in 1943. During this time, the installation of the company's first 61-note instrument was completed in the prestigious Grand Court of John Wanamaker in Philadelphia.

The company moved to its current Sellersville location in 1950. Schulmerich employs its own factory Service Engineers for service on cast bells and electronic carillons and also utilizes a sales force, consisting of music professionals in North America, Canada, and many other areas of the world.

Schulmerich is the oldest existing handbell manufacturer in the United States, entering the field in 1962 with a 25-bell prototype set. Many design improvements and patents later, Schulmerich has manufactured well over a million handbells, spanning over a 7-octave range (85 notes). A 25-bell set of Schulmerich Handbells is now a part of the collection of 2,000 American and European instruments in the Division of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

As with the manufacture of the handbells, the production of electronic carillons is an elaborate and intricate process. The carillons offer up to 8 bell voices, including TrueCast®, Flemish, English, Harp, and Organ Chimes. These instruments have anywhere from 37 to 440 bells and may be played from any number of keyboard options, in addition to programmable automatic functions.

One of the reasons for the success of Schulmerich Carillons is that bells remain an important part of our country's musical and historical heritage. In fact, a replica of the Liberty Bell graces the lawn of the Schulmerich Carillons Headquarters. From the Liberty Bell to a single bell in a church tower, the ringing of bells has impacted all our lives in some way.

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