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  1. MuseChaser

    My First Ansonia!

    Incredible. Makes perfect sense. I would never have come up with that in a million years.
  2. MuseChaser

    Sessions Striking Weirdness

    Thanks, RC. I don't know if you're bold-facing certain terms because I keep using incorrect terminology at times, or just because you're a good teacher in general, but it's incredibly helpful and much appreciated. I do finally understand the interaction between all those parts, some due to...
  3. MuseChaser

    Sessions Striking Weirdness

    Thanks, all. I had spent a lot of time making sure the stop pin and stop lever engaged properly, but that doesn't necessarily mean I have it right... although that was working well on the test stand. Would that behavior change consistently and miss only at the end of the 7 and 10 strikes? I...
  4. MuseChaser

    My First Ansonia!

    Quick update.. this clock has been running great, and we love it. Just ONE bit of weirdness... for the first couple days, the striker kept moving out of adjustment, drifting either too close to the gong and creating a muffled thud, or too far away and missing the gong entirely. I'd adjust it...
  5. MuseChaser

    Next project... Seikosha

    Reporting back as promised. Clock is now running strong... thank you very much for the push. I think it was your strong admonishment to focus on the pivots that did it. Up until this clock, I've just made sure they were very clean, and if they still looked dirty under moderate magnification...
  6. MuseChaser

    Next project... Seikosha

    Great suggestions, RC, thank you. I'm on it. Will report back!
  7. MuseChaser

    Sessions Striking Weirdness

    I've been working on this clock for a few days; arrived, as usual, filthy, gunky, and wouldn't run more than a few ticks. Did the usual disassembly, cleaning, etc, steps, and it's running beautifully. I'm also finally starting to understand the alignment procedure for reassembling...
  8. MuseChaser

    Next project... Seikosha

    It's been a couple frustrating days with my three Japanese clocks. The previous two, another Seikosha and an Hiboni, were all running fine for a couple weeks, and now keep stopping. I did not do a full tear down on either of them, so now I guess have two more projects to get to. The Hiboni, in...
  9. MuseChaser

    Ultrasonic Cleaners

    I bought a 6.5L machine. The wattage rating, I believe, has more to do with the heating elements than the power of the ultrasonic vibrations created. A higher wattage will heat the water faster. I use mine, and it does what it's supposed to do, but it hasn't been anything close to the...
  10. MuseChaser

    Haller Fast to slow

    I've got a Haller triple chime 8-day mantel lock (sort of a truncated tambour design) which i had posted about a few months ago. It runs well and reliably now. It has a very short pendulum and very rapid rate. The issue is that it runs a lot faster when fully wound than it does for the last...
  11. MuseChaser

    Music box on older count wheel. I give up.

    I stil haven't fixed our "ooo-CUCK" clock. It's running so well otherwise and we get a laugh at the sound every 30 minutes. Makes the day more fun.
  12. MuseChaser

    Next project... Seikosha

    Incredibly helpful responses, Will and RC. Didn't get to do anything else on the clock today and will be spending Easter with family, but will get back to it on Monday. Thank you both so much!
  13. MuseChaser

    Next project... Seikosha

    Thanks, Will. I just disassembled the movement and did some initial checking. The arbor, when placed in the closeup bushing above, has almost NO wobble, and what little wobble it has doesn't allow it to transition through both sides of being perpendicular to the plate. When I put the other...
  14. MuseChaser

    Next project... Seikosha

    The Ansonia Alaska is running well and looking good... so onward... Up next.. our second Seikosha (and third Japanese clock.. other one was the subject of this thread .... Nagoya Shoji - Hibino Here's the case after one treatment using Joel Warren's formula... will need a few more.... The...
  15. MuseChaser

    Cuckoo clock won't run .. have tried "everything"

    Did you check the pivot holes/bushings for wear.... any pivot play anywhere in the train when wiggling the first wheel? Your symptoms sound exactly like what I just dealt with in our Hubert Herr which we've had running for about thirty years since new, but the last year or two it got...
  16. MuseChaser

    My First Ansonia!

    Thanks, John! Don't know how good I am yet, but I'm definitely getting better with everyone's help here. Much appreciate the encouragement. Hadn't thought about assembling the clock w/ the front plate down as a possibility as the posts are attached to the backplate, but I'll check that out...
  17. MuseChaser

    My First Ansonia!

    After some good fun quality hours in the shop, here's an update... Two "before" shots of the soldered-on Rathbun bushing, front and back... My soldering iron station, as good as it is for electronic work, wasn't anywhere near up to the task of melting whatever solder is typically used in...
  18. MuseChaser

    My First Ansonia!

    In trying to chase down the identity and manufacture date of this clock, I've looked at ALL 1001 pictures on this site.. Antique Ansonia Clocks - Clock Model Names and my clock doesn't match any of them. That was a lot of pictures. Also looked for pictures of the movement showing an original...
  19. MuseChaser

    My First Ansonia!

    Thanks, everyone. I'm pretty excited about this clock. I haven't done any of the necessary work Willie detailed yet... Just a basic cleaning and reassembly to take better stock of the situation before proceeding. There was so much thickened oil everywhere that it was hard to tell what the degree...
  20. MuseChaser

    My First Ansonia!

    Finally found one in my price range... :) Very excited. Here's the movement as found... ... then removed from the clock and the front plate lifted off.... TOTALLY coated in thick black/green goo. Sooo... disassemble, mineral spirits and toothbrush, the ultrasonic with laundry detergent...

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