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  1. nutmegtinker

    Post your Lenzkirch clocks here.

    Just had this Lenzkirch time-only passed to me. This is my third "Vienna" and they have all managed to break my heart. So beautiful but, so vulnerable and wounded. This one did not take long to diagnose. She presents with a detached escape wheel, broken EW pivot, broken suspension spring and...
  2. nutmegtinker

    Seth Thomas Tower Clock for sale with Bells

    Saw this on Craigslist and thought of this group. It is in rough shape but deserves a good home. Near New London CT Tower Clock
  3. nutmegtinker

    Morbier sounds flat and tinny

    I just finished restoring one of these. Mine just hangs on the wall but, has a gong that looks the same as yours. It is attached to its own sound board. Mine also sounded bad and I tweaked it so that it is much better. There are a number of things that can affect the sound. Here are a couple of...
  4. nutmegtinker

    Don Bruno Out of Business??

    I have had a similar experience and was wondering if I should just move on. I know that he had some major life events, including the passing of his father and then a household move. I last contacted him about a month ago, after a two year hiatus. Anyone have news?
  5. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Thanks for the advice. I took your advice and stabilized the hanger with a couple of small (1/2") angle braces. This has allowed the clock to run for several 8 day cycles. I also reversed the time and strike side weights and, if nothing else, it made the strike tempo less frantic. Sorry for the...
  6. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    I am grateful for your observations but, also somewhat frustrated since what you are pointing to requires an ear more practiced than mine. The tick-tock sounds OK to me; not as sharp as some clocks I have but, still quite distinct and regular. I did check the pivots for end-play and they are not...
  7. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    I do not have photos of the pallets and the clock is reassembled at this point but, no doubt the grooved pallets are a contributor to the low amplitude/small recoil. I have worked out grooves on a simple strip pallet in the past but, I believe that I would do more harm than good in this case...
  8. nutmegtinker

    Tom Moberg, Clock Glass Painter

    Thanks for sharing. So, I guess he is not retired from glass painting after all...
  9. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Clock is resting on metal brackets attached to a wooden hanger on the wall. Upon closer inspection, the wooden hanger is bowed and, therefore, not flush to the wall along its bottom edge. This could possibly allow it to rock slightly with the pendulum, I suppose. Maybe I will add a piece of...
  10. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Agree that the amplitude, over swing seems low. The pendulum is not original to his clock. It is keeping good time now that I was able to lower the rating nut on the rod by about 27mm. I figure that helped the amplitude some. Weight is 3.7Kg., not original to the clock but, seems to be...
  11. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Cords have been replaced since those previous photos and there is no longer any overlap. But, I think we may be on to something since the weights were oscillating when it stopped. They were descended about half way, at the level of the pendulum bob. I restarted the clock and the oscillation of...
  12. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    update: I have completely dissassembled, cleaned and lubricated the clock. In the process I found that the suspension spring was broken (one of the 2 leaves). Replacing that took care of the wobble. All the bushings looked good and I pegged them. I cleaned and polished the pivots lightly (no...
  13. nutmegtinker

    Tom Moberg, Clock Glass Painter

    The correct email is: lindabrams@yahoo.com. I just succeeded in reaching her at this email.
  14. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Thanks. Those are from the Maitzner/Moreau book. They are very useful. Out of print. I guess that's why they dont even bother citing it?
  15. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Perfect. Just what I needed. Btw, where did the diagram come from?
  16. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Thanks for letting me know. Access changed. I think the photo is what I really need feedback on. It shows how the crutch is bent and the "dogbone" is not parallel to the movement. Would you bend the crutch to align the dogbone strap? If so, what is the technique?
  17. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    Thanks for the quick response, including the suggestion. The leader is clear but, I do suspect that the crutch (the part that connects to the leader) is not moving parallel to the movement and is causing an oscillation (wobble). This became apparent with the heavier pendulum. I could not get a...
  18. nutmegtinker

    Setting up my first Morbier Comtoise

    I thought that I was only going to collect CT clocks but, I could not resist having a go at a Morbier. Like the CT OG clocks, they were the People's clock. They are both sturdy and cheap. Just the thing for a novice. So, I picked up a Morbier real cheap from France on that ubiquitous online...
  19. nutmegtinker

    cleaning a willard timepiece movement

    Perfect. Thanks for all the timely and useful input. I will go for the non-invasive/non-destructive approach, as recommended.

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