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    Steve G
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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter?

    My grandfather clock is a bit too loud. Maybe it's because I have a small livingroom, or the acoustics of the room just make it loud. Or maybe I'm just too quiet.

    It's a Hermle 1161-853 movement.

    I was able to make the stike quieter by adjusting the amount of lift on the hammers.

    However, there doesn't seem to be a similar adjustment for the chime.

    Is there an adjustment that I'm missing?

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Steve G

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    Steve G
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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Steve G)

    My grandfather clock is a bit too loud. Maybe it's because I have a small livingroom, or the acoustics of the room just make it loud. Or maybe I'm just too quiet.

    It's a Hermle 1161-853 movement.

    I was able to make the stike quieter by adjusting the amount of lift on the hammers.

    However, there doesn't seem to be a similar adjustment for the chime.

    Is there an adjustment that I'm missing?

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Steve G

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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Steve G)

    Hello Steve,
    I don't know if this is the answer, but for my cuckoo clocks that are too loud, I glue a small piece (thin) of leather onto the part of the hammer that strikes the gong. This softens it a lot, without interfering with the ring (i.e., it doesn't deaden the reverberation of the gong, just softens it).
    Sincerely
    Michael

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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Steve G)

    Mr. "B" is the expert on this subject but I would seek a different "lift" adjustment - one that doesn't lift the hammers as high. Many have two holes in the lifting lever. A choice there may result in a lower lift. I have also commited some unethical lifting alterations that could have cost me my duffer's license.

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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Steve G)

    I purchased a Howard Miller grandfather clock ten years ago. When the owner of the shop set it up, he told me that many of his customers liked a softer tone from the chime and strike. This clock has the chime rods mounted in an inverted 'V'. Cut a strip of cloth, (an old T-shirt works great), drape it over the chime rod support so it passes between the hammers and rods. Add more layers to quiet even further. Works great and is easy implement without modifying the movement.

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    Steve G
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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Steve G)

    Thanks guys.

    I don't remember a lift adjustment for the chimes, but I may have missed it. I should have taken a closer look when I had the movement out.

    I'll try the other suggestions first, because they're easier.

    Thanks again.

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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Steve G)

    A baby bottle nipple (cut end off) works great as a hammer cover. Slips on snug and really softens the tone.

    The clear plastic ones are the best, the brown ones are too squishy.

    RJ
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    Default How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Steve G)

    Good idea RJ. I'll stick that one in my memory bank for future use
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    Default Re: How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: shutterbug)

    I used successive layers of masking tape to lower the volume.

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    Default Re: How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: sandcastcb750)

    Hobby shops often carry several different diameters of polypropylene tubing for use as gas lines on model aircraft motors. Snipped of in 1/4" segments and slipped on over the ends of the chime rods, up to where the hammers hit. also works well.

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    Default Re: How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: doug sinclair)

    Change the hammer tips to rubber, or bend the hammers away a bit.

    BTW, the member who started the topic has departed from the NAWCC.
    Justin A. Olson

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    Default Re: How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: chimeclockfan)

    Hello,

    Here is simpler - use small bandage and apply over the hammer....

    Our tall clock strike was very loud when it was setup the dealer suggested if it was to loud put a bandage on striker to deaden it slightly and it worked

    Andy

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    Default Re: How to make grandfather clock chime quieter? (RE: Andy Dervan)

    One thing all have to remember its not the hammers that make the sound its the chime rod assemble attached to the sound board. If you want to make the chime softer, move the chime rod assembly slightly off the sound board. When I set up new GF clocks I usually get the request to soften the sound.
    If you slightly loosen the mounting screws on the chime block if will be softer. Keep adjusting the screw until you get what you want. I have in the past used small squares of cork between the chime block and the sound board for more of a drastic reduction of sound.

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