Jacob's Musical Windchimes
Once upon a time... a brother and a sister decided to combine their talents to look for the American Dream. Musician Jacob Sokoloff had a talent for creating musically tuned windchimes from steel pipes. His sister Fern had a vision that people all over the world might enjoy these enchanting chimes. From the garage where they started their company 25 years ago, Jacob's Musical Chimes grew to become ubiquitous in the world of perfectly tuned chimes. The two were realizing the American Dream that an artisan with nothing more than a workshop and a vision could find success in this great land of opportunity.
Jacob's overriding emphasis in the design of his windchimes is the musical quality of the sound. The pitch of each pipe, the relative tuning of the whole chime, and the "sweetness" or purity of each tone are all factors that he constantly refines, years after creating that first, magical chime. In 2003, Jacob's Waterfall chime was even featured in a performance by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Because this element of sound quality is so fundamental to the success of a chime, Jacob takes extreme care in making sure the tuning and resonant quality of each pipe meets his exacting standards. He carefully evaluates each new batch of raw pipe, adjusting for differences in seam and alloy composition that can affect pitch and create discordant sounds. Out of this evaluation comes a set of "masters," which are used to cut the batch of pipe.
In 1998 Jacob’s Musical Chimes introduced its first “miniature” windchimes, made of solid aluminum pipes, all tuned to produce beautiful sounds, not just noise! The tubes were hung from popular, whimsical shapes. These affordable windchimes make beautiful music and customers of all ages love them. Designs include, but are not limited to sea turtles, mermaids, hummingbirds, cats, dragonflies, fairies, butterflies and angels.
We proudly offer three series - the best-selling Car Charm; the Little Piper chime and the Magnet Windchime – a chime designed for magnetic surfaces such as a refrigerator or file cabinet. When describing the rewards of his work, Jacob emphasizes his fundamental desire to make something beautiful — "a musical instrument for the wind."
His greatest pleasure, he says, is "in making something that feels perfect every time."
Musical Car Chimes: Feng Sui your car! The best-selling Jacob’s Musical Car Charms are hand tuned for relaxing tones to soothe your soul as you navigate the busy highways of life. Three solid pipes hang from a patina-coated aluminum image (except the Peace Sign which is brass plated nickel) and a 9” ball chain.
Magnetic Adorn-a-ment Chimes: Catch the midnight snacker! Enjoy enchanting music every time you open the fridge door, file cabinet or any metal door with our musical Magnetic Adorn-a-ment Chimes. Three solid pipes hang from a powder coated aluminum image, or brass plated nickel image, and mounted on a powerful magnet.
Little Piper Chimes: It took Jacob's unique talent to make a wind chime so small sound this vocal and this lovely. The clapper is made of hematine, an iron-based stone that glistens in the sunlight and strikes three perfectly tuned solid pipes to create its music. Hang inside or out -- in a window, in the garden, on a fan pull, on a door; just about anywhere!