I'm just a clock-lover. I cannot claim even to be "collector" (whatever that is), just an acquirer. I have about 30 mechanical clocks in my house, which I keep running, striking and chiming. I love the sounds they make, and the intricate Rube Goldberg devices that they are. And I love my wife for indulging in my love of clocks. I can be as snobby as the next person, loving my English triple-fusee clock, and other exotic (to me) clocks I have. But I have to admit to a soft spot for the early 20th-century Connecticut clocks, of which I have five, and have overhauled three (with one on the table about to be overhauled). Yes, they were cheap, with plates so thin I have to be careful not to bend them when working on the clock. And yes, they're not particularly elegant. But do they ever take a licking and keep on ticking! The pivots are so thick and strong (compared, for instance, to that triple-fusee beauty), they seem impervious to wear. Yes, the plates have to be re-bushed more quickly than, say, that triple-fusee clock, but the re-bushing is fairly simple. That's all. I like how they just work, and (when the don't) they're easy to fix.