Menghini - Castelfidardo
The SEM story began in 1972 when two of the most prominent musical instrument factories in Castelfidardo, Elka and Orla, decided to create a brand new accordion factory.
The people involved in this decision included: Piero Crucianelli, a direct descendant of one the founding families of the Italian accordion industry, Romolo Breccia, whose Salpa reed factory already had a world wide reputation and Nazzareno Piermaria, a french accordion builder whose family were originally from Castelfidardo.
The partners decided that SEM had to be capable of emulating the success and quality of the original accordion factories of Castelfidardo.
In 1973 the new accordion factory opened. Measuring nearly 3000 sq.meters it was the largest in Italy. SEM produced for Elka, Hohner, Piermaria and many others, all of whom used the research, development and production facilities that the new company had to offer. For many years, SEM products were presented at all the worlds’ major music exhibitions and festivals.
In 2002 the SEM brand was launched and presented for the first time.
Then, at the start of 2003, in a strategic move SEM merged with another accordion manufacturer, Menghini, producers of the Scandalli and Paolo Soprani brands.
The merger was a natural result of previous manufacturing collaborations between the two companies which evidenced that they had many complementary facets in terms of production and products.
The continued aim of SEM remains that of producing innovative, competitively priced, quality instruments that satisfy customer needs and desires.