Banjo clock strike mechanism

Jay

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I just purchased a banjo clock which has a strike mechanism I have never seen. The strike is almost like a piston action. The strike hammer looks like a bullet and it strikes on a coiled gong.
Can somebody enlighten me about this type of strike? It works perfectly and has been with the clock a long time.

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Jay
 

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I presume you are talking about a 20th century banjo. I once owned a Sessions T/S Revere model banjo that struck on a coil gong, and a Waterbury Willard No.4 that did as well. Both sounded quite nice. (In fact, all the Waterbury Willards that were strikers may have had the coiled gong strike.) Not as common as the rod strike perhaps, but they did exist. Don't recall a piston-action. Perhaps a picture of what you have.
 

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We do need a picture, Jay, as what you say about a coiled gong and hammer like a bullet seems quite normal to me.

Or are you saying it's neither rack nor count wheel?
 

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Thanks guys, I will try to get a photo .. my camera is not working at the moment. The strike mechanism is rather a long rod which goes down in a
"piston-like"; or pump like action that propels the hammer head which does resemble a bullet that strikes a coiled gong. The clock is a Ingraham Nyanza
banjo clock.

I have read many post regarding their Nyanza banjo clocks but almost all had chime rods?
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Jay
 

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Thanks guys, I will try to get a photo .. my camera is not working at the moment. The strike mechanism is rather a long rod which goes down in a
"piston-like"; or pump like action that propels the hammer head which does resemble a bullet that strikes a coiled gong. The clock is a Ingraham Nyanza
banjo clock.

I have read many post regarding their Nyanza banjo clocks but almost all had chime rods?
regards,
Jay
Interesting. The Ingraham strikers I have seen have been on rods.
 

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I have read many post regarding their Nyanza banjo clocks but almost all had chime rods?
regards,
Jay
So yours is a chiming, rather than a striking clock? Indeed, most newer chiming clocks did have rods as four or more coiled gongs would have been a bit unwieldy.
 

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Steven is correct--I misused the term. The clock does strike on a wire gong.
The strike mechanism is almost like a plumb line... you need to get the alignment right for it to drop the strike hammer(bullet shaped) on the gong.

Sorry I do not have the ability to post a picture of the mechanism at the moment.

Jay
 

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Honestly, it looks like someone has jury rigged this sucker. The strike hammer looks bent all out of shape. I can't believe it left the factory like that. And is that a strike rod I see in the bottom picture?
 
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Honestly, it looks like someone has jury rigged this sucker. The strike hammer looks bent all out of shape. I can't believe it left the factory like that. And is that a strike rod I see in the bottom picture?
Hello Steven,
The rod you see that would appear to possibly be a strike rod is acutually threaded on both ends and has nuts. this is used to hold all three parts of the case together. (Head, throat, and bottom sections). The coiled gong certainly appears original. The base section has a hole cut in it and the gong bolts into the bottom section of the throat only. (with the nut showing in the hole in the bottom section.)

Any one else with questions or information:???:?
 

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Just out of curiosity, what is the date on the Ingraham movement? It should be stamped on either side of the handshaft.
 
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