Ansonia crystal regulator problem

James Allison

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56E82CC3-B5A4-439A-A6D9-2063DD4319DD.jpeg 92A6F420-966A-47C9-BE06-C0DAACE50DFC.jpeg C4E19D11-D4C7-4E76-AA7A-30A1A8AC156D.jpeg I have a crystal regulator that I have overhauled (pivots polished, bushings installed as needed and springs replaced with same size and thickness ones). Before final assembly, each train was tested and they both ran smoothly. After final assembly, the time train runs well but the strike train runs very slowly.

I would like suggestions to correct this.
 

R&A

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Let the power off and check the end shake on all the bushings. Plus is there wear on the barrels or do they need to be bushed.
 
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Bruce Alexander

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Also, I can't really tell from your photos but it looks like the clock may have an adjustable gravity assist spring on the the strike hammer assembly. I'm looking at the straight slot screw head located at about 9:00 on the front of the movement. If so, make certain that the spring isn't adjusted to apply too much force against the strike train as it lifts the hammer.
 
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Rockin Ronnie

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I was going to start a new thread but thought I might get answers following this one.

Did you get your issue sorted out? I ask because I am presently working on an Ansonia crystal regulator with open escapement, similar to yours. This is the first crystal regulator I have worked on.

Has been serviced requiring 5 bushings, all on the front plate. Testing out the time side now before adjusting the strike side. Quick question; can the beat be adjusted in any way?

Ron
 

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Ronnie,
If you hold the pallet bridge with one hand from the front, you should be able to swing the crutch to either side with the other hand from the rear of the movement. There is a clutch on the pallet arbor that allows for adjusting the beat. Never oil this area of the arbor or you will have an issue with beat adjustment.
 

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