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    Smile Peerless Triple Chime Mantel Clock

    Here is a nice little mantel clock made by Mathias Bäuerle GmbH of St. Georgen, Germany. This one came from eBay for a low price. It is signed 'Peerless 1 Million'. The clock was retailed by Oldfields Ltd. of Liverpool - it is possible they or another British firm made the case as it looks nothing like a domestic German clock. It should play Westminster/Winchester/Whittington chime melodies on rod gongs however this clock suffered a spring failure in the past and subsequently isn't in working order. On a brighter note the case is in good shape and has a nice swirled grain. The rod gongs sound superb, aided in part by the use of a little soundboard inside the case. The chime drum had been previously removed although it looks fine.

    I've been after a Peerless mantel clock for years so I was eager to take this one in - even if it needs repairs. 5 mangled drum teeth and a broken spring, clearly not an easy repair. By this point I've grown to accept that clocks can and will break down or stop working for any reason and it's best to look into having them repaired when practical.
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    "A good gong sells the clock!" - Justin A. Olson

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    Default Re: Peerless Triple Chime Mantel Clock (By: chimeclockfan)

    I really like the looks of this one, nice. Please post again when you get it working well.

    Excuse the novice question, but can you please explain or post a pic of what a soundboard is and what it does. Thanks.
    Don

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    Default Re: Peerless Triple Chime Mantel Clock

    On this clock, the soundboard is a wooden board that's sandwiched between the chime block and the lower case panel. This board gives the chimes a deeper, richer sound because a thicker, stronger wood surface helps the chime block and rods resonate. Without the board, the chime's sound would be quieter and tinnier. The soundboard also raises the chime block's position so the hammers can reach the gong rods.
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    Default Re: Peerless Triple Chime Mantel Clock (By: chimeclockfan)

    Quote Originally Posted by chimeclockfan View Post
    On this clock, the soundboard is a wooden board that's sandwiched between the chime block and the lower case panel. This board gives the chimes a deeper, richer sound because a thicker, stronger wood surface helps the chime block and rods resonate. Without the board, the chime's sound would be quieter and tinnier. The soundboard also raises the chime block's position so the hammers can reach the gong rods.
    Thank you sir, makes perfect sense.

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