Harlan Jacobsen, long time angel chimes tradition fan, ever since a child, distributes chimes and the the refill candles, other than mail order, has moved all sales now, to on the internet at http://AngelChimes.com with this moving to the net the last nine years. This has resulted in developing angel chimes customers worldwide.
The Christmas tradition of the musical Angel chimes started in U.S. over 100 years when Germen immigrants brought with them German Angel Chimes, as one of their prize possessions. Creating a demand, the imported chimes became a hot mail order item.
Germany stopped producing them in 1936 when they geared up for war. After the war, a Swedish metal firm took up a modified brass chimes in 1948 and produced them until 2009 after the Chinese entered the market big time with a smaller, lighter weight chimes a third the price and the Swedish firm was losing money trying to compete.
The factory was sold and moved to Turkey, where identical production was resumed in 2010. Several Chinese manufacturers stopped production, leaving only one presently selling a copy in U.S.
To see the evolution of the chimes over the last 100 years, Jacobsen imports has produced an interesting infographic on the subject with many graphics, http://Infographic.angelchimes.com
The Turkey produced chime is back, selling better than ever after experiencing over a year of complete unavailability due to the Swedish manufacturer stopping production. Much of the public is unaware of two sources, the original chimes, and the smaller, lighter made Chinese copies. Jacobsen sells both but explains the difference to customers in quality and price.
Jacobsen Imports of Sioux Falls, SD, a long time center of the nation importer, is happy to report the new chimes stock has arrived and is again available back to normal quantity in time for this Christmas season.
Though production facility was sold and has moved to Europe, Jacobsen affirms they are up to the original long term Swedish manufacturing standards.
The joys of Christmas past are remembered with the joyous tinkling sounds of these original 12 inch full size brass finish angel chimes made in Gefle, Sweden, by Anderson & Boberg for over 60 years, but now made in Turkey. This full size metal candelabra comes with four candles. When burning, the heat from the flames rises and spins the angels which joyfully tinkle the bells.
The chimes have always been a traditional brass finish. A nickel finish that appears silver like silver ware was introduced last year and is rapidly becoming popular as a new option when ordering.
Also introduced this year in limited quantity is the Santa Christmas chime going around in his sleigh pulled by four tiny reindeer. It is the musical part of the chimes that has made the chimes a tradition for many families and for many it just is not Christmas until you hear the tinkling of Angel Chimes.
Harlan Jacobsen, long time angel chimes tradition fan, ever since a child, distributes chimes and the refill candles, since starting in 1972, and other than mail order, has moved all sales now, to on the internet at http://AngelChimes.com with this moving to the net the last twelve years. This has resulted in developing angel chimes customers worldwide. Jacobsen even offers parts for the chimes to those who have had a set of musical chimes for years and may have lost one small part in this bringing them out of storage every year.
In addition they also offer a kit of a clown top and three brass circus horses to make the chimes useable for birthday parties and anniversaries. Thereby extending the celebration feature of the musical chimes to year around.
Jacobsen says that he does a lot of repeat, year after year business in chimes candles, since customers need refills every year. These 4" chime candles are imported from Germany, burn about 2 hours. These candles come in 16 colors, but white and red are the most in demand.
This year the firm has started importing the pyramid candles for the German Christmas windmills.
Jacobsen says he "estimates there are well over one million U.S. families that bring out and set up their musical angel chimes each Christmas as part of a family tradition of Christmas." And that most purchases of chimes he says, now are by adults who grew up with chimes as part of the tradition of Christmas and now want their children and grandchildren to experience their joy and fascination of the musical angel chimes as part of their Christmas experience.
Jacobsen quotes many of his Chimes annual Candle customers, that say their "Chimes have been in the Family Well Over 50 years now and have become a Family Tradition."
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