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    Default Trying to find info on a Seth Thomas clock I found in a thrift shop

    I'm a newbie who has recently become interested in older clocks and watches. I picked up a Seth Thomas clock for a buck in a thrift store, because it didn't work. After fiddling with it for a while it works and seems to keep good time, but strikes wrong on the half hour. I've heard 2- 8 strikes on the half hour in the first 48 hours. The hourly strike is usually accurate. So I'm trying to find out more about it, maybe it's not meant to strike just once on the half hour? Label on bottom says: Seth Thomas Clocks Thomaston, Conn., USA A division of General Time Corp Tradition-3W E961-000 German move Stamped on movement: A206-002 6413 2 Jewel Made in Germany for Seth Thomas Clocks The back legs and the the spires are missing, and from what I've been able to search, the movement is common to many of the later clocks, and it's not valuable. But i have not been able to find a match based on other pictures. I'd like to find out more about it, it would make a good starter clock to tinker with. Thanks

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    Default Re: Trying to find info on a Seth Thomas clock I found in a thrift shop (By: techgrh)

    Hi, Tech, welcome to the message board. Your clock was made in 1964. It has a Hermle movement (not a bad quality movement at this time). Your problem relates to how high the strike lever is being raised on the half-hour. Yes, it should only strike once on the half. It's a relatively easy repair for a clock repairman.
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    Default Re: Trying to find info on a Seth Thomas clock I found in a thrift shop (By: harold bain)

    Thanks so much for that information. I never would have guessed. Can that be controlled by bending the hammer or linkage?
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    Hi, Tech, welcome to the message board. Your clock was made in 1964. It has a Hermle movement (not a bad quality movement at this time). Your problem relates to how high the strike lever is being raised on the half-hour. Yes, it should only strike once on the half. It's a relatively easy repair for a clock repairman.

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    Default Re: Trying to find info on a Seth Thomas clock I found in a thrift shop (By: techgrh)

    No. You will have to study the strike train to understand how it works. Note the lever that rides on the cam on the center arbor. Watch what it does on the half hour, and you should see the problem. You need to have a basic knowledge of how your clock works to fix it.
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    Default Re: Trying to find info on a Seth Thomas clock I found in a thrift shop (By: harold bain)

    Thanks again, I'm a novice and I have a lot to learn. To date, I have only made a few easy repairs that haven't required taking a clock movement apart. Will try and find a book about this movement.

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