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  1. MuseChaser

    Horovolar is for sale.

    I had discussed with Mark, briefly and in very general terms via PM, the possibility of interested forum members banding together to buy Horolovar, keeping on John full time, and operating it along the lines of a co-op. If we can get 100 members to pitch in, it seems like we could raise enough...
  2. MuseChaser

    Welby 400 day Anniversary Clock

    XTCFIT, if you're anywhere near central NY state, I'd be happy to take a look at your clock and show you how to fix it, no charge.
  3. MuseChaser

    Kern Anniversary Clock.

    Dick, I'm not arguing...just trying to learn more. Admittedly, I have very little experience especially compared to the old pros here. IN that admittedly relatively minimal experience, I've seen very little actual wear in 400-day clocks; they operate so slowly, with such minimal motion and power...
  4. MuseChaser

    Kern Anniversary Clock.

    A technique I use (and probably learned from an earlier post of Kurt's) is, once the clock's in beat, stop it then set it in motion again by turning the pendulum JUST until a tooth drops, then let go. A clock with enough power will build up rotation on its own from there over the next 30 minutes...
  5. MuseChaser

    Kern Anniversary Clock.

    Would not lack of being clean BE a reason for insufficient power... or am I misunderstanding your point? I've done maybe 30 400-day clocks in the past three months, and the vast majority have had enough gummy goo in the pivots, holes, and on the gears from improper oiling and neglect that...
  6. MuseChaser

    Kern Anniversary Clock.

    The minute hand might be rusted on...I've seen one like that. Take the hand nut off (or remove the pin if it's held on with a pin) if you can, and apply a tiny drop of your favorite parts loosener (I've had the best luck with PBBlaster) with a toothpick and let it sit. Try gently prying the...
  7. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

    I snapped a pic of three pieces under magnification. Left to right ... Horolovar .0023", Horolovar .004", non-Horolovar .004" (Nylor? Bronze? Don't know). Looks like you all were correct and my mind was playing tricks on me..the width looks pretty constant between the two Horolovars.
  8. MuseChaser

    Kern Midget Pendulum Adjustment?

    Thanks, all. I understood the physics... it was my lack of trust in the manufacturer's semantics that tripped me up.
  9. MuseChaser

    Kern Midget Pendulum Adjustment?

    Thanks, Wayne. Not to be thick, but the semantics of this dilemma are killing me. Since you can't turn the wheel without twisting the spring,the allegory would be to hold the wheel stationary and turn the pendulum arms OPPOSITE the engraved arrows to achieve the expected result, yes?
  10. MuseChaser

    Kern Midget Pendulum Adjustment?

    Thanks, Jack. So, to clarify, the engraving suggesting that you turn clockwise to retard.... do you turn the ARMS clockwise while holding the wheel stationary, as viewed from above?
  11. MuseChaser

    Kern Midget Pendulum Adjustment?

    I picked up this clock a month or two ago.. it arrived in very good shape other than a broken suspension spring, so I replaced that and she's been running fine ever since One thing about it is driving me nuts. It's very difficult to regulate the time. The adjustment wheel on the pendulum...
  12. MuseChaser

    Tomorrow's project.. corroded Wilmac

    Well, after some soaking the parts in kerosene, a lot of fun with steel wool, 600 grit wet/dry paper, toothpicks, and anything else I could think of, followed by citric acid baths for the plates, brass decorative parts, pendulum parts, thorough rinsing, then another thorough scrubbing in hot...
  13. MuseChaser

    Help wanted on Kern & Sohne midget, plate 1350...

    I noticed that the entrance drop was larger than the exit drop, too, significantly, but I don't have enough experience to know how to best address it on a pin pallet... or even if it's significant enough to need addressing. It also looked like the clock is still slightly out of beat, based upon...
  14. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

    Nylor is more golden? All of the springs I have purchased have been quite silvery/nickel in color.
  15. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

    Thanks for the kind, informative replies! I've ordered packs of springs from Timesavers on two occasions so far, in various sizes ranging from .0023" for some of my mini and midgest clocks, through .003, .0032, .0036, and .004. The listings for all of these describes them as Horolovar products...
  16. MuseChaser

    Tomorrow's project.. corroded Wilmac

    Working on it now. Wayne, you definitely win! Not familiar with Evaporust...will have to check it out. When I have it back together, I'll snap a few pics and post them. I do have a few more restoration questions re the specific base on this clock. Thanks for the encouragement!
  17. MuseChaser

    Tomorrow's project.. corroded Wilmac

    Nothing special to report...just have never seen this level of rust and corrosion on a 400 day movement before. Woof...poor guy. Talk about neglect! Wish me luck...
  18. MuseChaser

    Repairing of old Koma Clock

    I just read this entire thread for the first time. You've gotten some great advice from others much more knowledgeable and experienced than me. As others have said, don't give up. Two things struck me. I don't know what "solidol" is, but the words "grease" and "WD40" strike fear into my heart...
  19. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

    Thank you for tuning in to this week's episode of, "Musechaser's Stupid Questions!"..... When looking up and ordering supsension springs, I took the number, i.e., .0036" for most standart Kerns, .004" for Schatz 49s, .0023" for 53s, etc., to reference the thickness of the spring. .004" is...
  20. MuseChaser

    Kern & Sohne Anniversary Clock Id?

    I think so. Got mine here... Terwilliger at Timesavers

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