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02-15-2011, 07:07 PM #1
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- Feb 2011
Pearl grandfather clock does not chime
Hello and thank you in advance for the help. I have a Pearl grandfather clock that just will not seem to chime. When I rotate the minute hand I can hear a click every time I rotate past 0/15/30/45. I can make the pendulum go back and for but it eventually slows to a stop. The maintenance manual that came with the clock says
Pearl Grandfather Clock
Any help or advice with this problem will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Last edited by smdawg33; 02-15-2011 at 07:19 PM.
02-15-2011, 08:44 PM #2
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Re: Pearl grandfather clock does not chime (RE: smdawg33)
Most GFs that have run more than 20 years are ready to have a movement replacement. Nope, I don't like it either but that's just the way it is. Have you examined the movement closely for wear?
02-15-2011, 09:45 PM #3
Re: Pearl grandfather clock does not chime (RE: Willie X)
Probably time to take it in for repair. If it needs to be replaced, they'll advise you. Usually 15 years or so of operation without preventive maintenance will gum it up enough to stop it.
02-16-2011, 10:38 PM #4
Re: Pearl grandfather clock does not chime (RE: shutterbug)
If your weights are shiny brass cast weights (no shell or endcaps and threaded hooks) used with your movement AND you have a lyre pendulum AND your winding holes for the cables are almost basically in a straight line horizontally across, you'll have an added cost in the movement replacement because the time weight will not be able to run the time part of the new movement. You'll have to get another weight that matches the weight of the chime side (right hand weight).
These are nicer clocks and cases in my opinion, but there was trouble with the original movements, and when the replacements were made, there were changes made that you may not like. One is to make a new hole in the dial face for the time winding arbor, and cap the old hole. Not fun. The other alternative would be to keep it as is, and install Butter bearings where needed, or, cutting off the old pivots, re-drill the shaft and install hardened pivot wire and bushes. None of this will be cheap. FWIW..............................doc
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