In the strike sequences on a number of my clocks, in this case a HAC Vienna, along with each gong, there’s a concurrent bouncing sound like chattering teeth in the cold. It must be common as I’ve also had it with Ansonias and Junghans.
The hammer is visibly bouncing (I’ve never learned how...
Hello, Mr. A.R. Mauthe (coincidence?... maybe not)
What a nice, eleven years later, out-of-the-blue surprise.
Your input pretty much settles, for me anyway, the question of whether my bim-bam is a Mauthe, and the reason that the identification has been obscured. Your explanation makes...
You mentioned, and I read about Conner's solution to his inability to find a replacement 5/8" x .014" x 120" mainspring.
He found the nearest off-the-shelf spring was a 5/8" x .013" x 105" Hole End Mainspring. He then took the loop-end from an old spring and riveted it to the new...
Thanks for your responses.
Bruce’s advice has led to a couple of actions and I have a few more general questions.
1. First of all. I had three of Conover’s books: Chimers, Strikers and Frenchies. I was not aware of the “...20 American…” that you mentioned and now I have it too...
I’m an amateur. I’ve put together a number of Ansonia movements.
But I’m faced with my first Open Escapement movement where the pillar posts emanate from the front plate, not the more familiar back plate (even the German ones I’ve put together all come up from the back plate.)
So when it...
I can't for the life of me get the arbor hook to catch on the inside of the mainspring. I've done it successfully before, but not this one. I bend and crimp and reshape until I'm blue in the face, with no success.
Are there any tricks of the trade to make this easier? Or it just more trial...
I’m an amateur who’s I’ve taken apart and reassembled a number of Ansonia movements. But never an open escapement movement.
I have an “Eton” and a “Boston” that I got in Shanghai in the early 2000’s. They’ve alway been clean and run well. But now there’s a problem.
I took the...
Problem solved (I think/hope):
Thanks for your replies.
I said I didn't want to bend anything as it might throw other hours out of whack.
Shutterbug made the point clearer by simply saying: "When only one point on the wheel gives you trouble, it's probably the wheel itself."
So I took his...
I have a Junghans Vienna with a count wheel strike train.
There is a problem with the counting of one of the hours as they skip ahead.
Looking at the action, every hour and half hour Warns, Strikes, and Locks correctly – except for one.
Only the 2 o’clock hour strike rotation does...
All of the levers on this movement are held in place by pins so maybe this wheel was the same and the current state is a case of breakage and peening.
I won't be doing any filing as I'm an amateur and don't have the tools or know-how to fix it if I make things worse. Plus it's only one...
Thanks for your suggestion. I had already gone in from the back plate (for the first time), so your advice justifies that decision.
If you're curious, here's what the minute wheel post looks like.
Thanks to all for your input.
RC: Thanks for your response. Your question makes me think what I have here is not normal.
The minute wheel is the one behind the clip. And without the washer, I would have thought it would slip off, but it's locked down by what appears to be what I referred to it as a shoulder - maybe a burr...
This is out of a German box with no identification of any kind.
The strike spring broke and in the process of taking it apart, I can't get the star cam off because it's held in place behind the minute wheel, and the minute wheel is locked to it's short, front plate mounted arbor.
Thanks for all your comments.
I've been quiet as I (a mere hobbyist) am absorbing all that was said and trying to observe the movement (in light of your thoughts) going through its paces.
It's on a test stand has run in spurts. Sometimes a few hours, sometimes more before it...
I have a simple 8-day clock american style count wheel pendulum movement that sometimes mysteriously stops just before the hour/half-hour strike cycle begins. It happens just before the lower lifting lever falls from the lifting cam (to release the strike cycle). When it stops, I have to...
Oh, there's always a thought. The questions is, who knows what it is??
This is just the feedback I got from one "interpreter". Over the years, I've learned that Asia has a variety of interpretations of printed characters. I've listed and discussed my Chinese and Japanese clocks and posted...
Hey Zep and Kevin,
The photo magic is just a bit of Adobe Photoshop.
I think many clock photos are poor because most folks are not proficient photographers. Focus is the most prevalent problem. Blurry shots are mostly useless. Hint: read the instructions for your camera.
I’ll be happy to...