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    Default E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock

    "I just purchased a very old Lauffer grandfather clock. It runs beautifully - my question is, the chime block has 2 sets of chimes - one on either side, plus the chime hammers. I can only see how one set can work - the other side does nothing. Is the clock supposed to use both sets? Do you know where I can find a picture of how the Lauffer movement is supposed to look. this is only for 2 weights - no westminster chimes.
    Thank you
    Nancy

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    Default E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: beststevens)

    well - since I didn't get any responses from my previous post, I'll try rewording this one and maybe someone will understand what my question is. I just bought an old E. Lauffer grandfather clock. It has 2 weights so means it only strikes half hr and on the hour. Usually these have on one set of chime rods - this clock has 2 sets and 2 sets of chime hammers. I cannot see what the second attaches to. Anyone know anything about these clocks that can help me. Thanks

    Nancy

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: beststevens)

    I´m sure You´d get more resonses if You posted some pics.
    To solve Your problem:take the mvmt. out of the case,try to build a kind of test-stand that enables You to run the clock in open daylight and see what happens.Pics please!!
    Burkhard
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    (Persius)

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: Burkhard Rasch)

    thank you for the suggestions - I'll post some pictures.

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: beststevens)

    We really do need some pics. Clocks were made that strike and chime using only a single train for both functions. As it has two sets of hammers and only one is working it suggests there is a problem with the movement. I'm not familar with E. Lauffer as a maker so when you say two sets of chimes, do you mean gongs or rods.
    Jonathan.

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: beststevens)

    as promised - pictures - it would also be nice to know about how old this clock is if you can tell. But I'm manly interested in the double chime.
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    thank you!
    Nancy
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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: beststevens)

    Greetings Nancy!

    Factory Ernst Lauffer GmbH. was in Schwenningen, the "The largest city in the world of clock-factories" as the citizen of Schwenningen called their city in the 1920ies.

    Ernst Lauffer GmbH. was founded in 1919 and was in business until WW2. Your clock was made I think about 1925. The movement is not a Westminster, but a Bim-Bam-Strike. I think the strike mechanism has a little proplem, but it is not out of order. Probably only the hammers must be set correctly.

    Here an ad of Ernst Lauffer GmbH. in 1925.

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    The left clock is very similar with yours, the prize was in 1925 about 60-70 Reichsmark.

    Enjoy your clock! If the strike mechanism is in order it will have a great sound!

    albra

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: Albra)

    thank you very much - any ideas on how to fix the strike on the one side?

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: beststevens)

    Quote Originally Posted by beststevens View Post
    thank you very much - any ideas on how to fix the strike on the one side?
    Nancy, I am not familiar with the correct terms, but other members of this board like Harold Bain will help you.

    albra

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: Albra)

    Nancy, I would need to see what's behind the dial to tell how the second set of hammers is tripped. If you take the hands off, you will find the dial is held on with 4 pins through the 4 dial posts. It should have a really nice sound with a pair of 4 note chords on the hour.
    harold bain, Member ch 33
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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: harold bain)

    Thank you Harold - I'll get those pictures to you right away. Really appreciate your help with this.
    Nancy

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: harold bain)

    Hi Harold - here you go. Hope these are good enough.
    Thanks again
    Nancy

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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: beststevens)

    Nancy, your first two pictures shows an upside down v shaped toggle piece on the backplate that should activate the hammers on the left side from the front. The other end of the toggle will be impulsed by the strike wheel. You will have to manually activate the strike while you have the movement out to see if you can see where it might be failing. It will likely just be a simple adjustment to fix this, but I can't see well enough to tell you exactly what is wrong with it.
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    Default Re: E. Lauffer Grandfather Clock (RE: harold bain)

    thank you - I thought that v shaped piece had something to do with it. I'll let you know how I do.

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