Beats per hour guide

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  1. Matt Parker

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    #1 Matt Parker, Jan 1, 2019
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    Hello everyone! For years I have been tracing movement plates and and calculating the time trains. The point being to easily and accurately identify movements and know their beat-per-hour counts for quicker "timing out". I recently uploaded all my notes to my website and have made them available to anyone that may be interested. I feel as though those of you who own a Time Trax beat counter may enjoy this resource. If people appear to be interested I will post updates every time I add a new movement. This is free to use. I just ask that you don't download and make copies of my work. If you have any questions, problems or suggestions fell free to comment. I never intended to share these with the general public so forgive spelling errors and other type things that are due to not proof reading.

    The page can be found here Beats Per Hour

    Enjoy,
    Matt
    You can find the web page here: Beats Per Hour 574716-122318.jpg
     
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    May the Almighty hold you in His hand. This will help me a great deal, for I've found the other 'beat books' to be less than helpful because the descriptions of the clocks were fragmentary at best. Your inclusion of the back plate designs solves that problem and makes the entire enterprise practical.

    I wonder if it would be a good idea if others made or photographed the back plates of movements with known beat rates and added the information to your site. Or, perhaps you might consider self-publishing your work as another 'beat book,' but one which would be practical, and sell it on-line or through Amazon. (I did this sort of thing once, but it wasn't a clock beat book.)

    Mark Kinsler
     
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    Matt, what a great help! Thank you for sharing your work. You are on my home page. Since I and others on the MB do not use Facebook or Instagram, perhaps a moderator could set this info up as a sticky and updates would be available to all. It could be added to regularly.
     
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    A great resource but cant read, the text to light.
     
  5. Matt Parker

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    Mark, Thank you for the kind words! I did consider asking other members to add to the collection but fear quality control may become tedious. I also have thought about self publishing a book and may still if I see enough traffic on the website.
     
  6. Matt Parker

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    John, I am sorry you are having difficulty reading the text. I had concerns about that when I scanned all of these into digital format. I looked at them on two different computers and 3 monitors plus my phone...all were readable for me. Are you viewing them on PC?
     
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    I had trouble reading them too. When I click on a single page, it gets smaller instead of bigger.
     
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    I imported one of the drawings into a free photo shopping program called Photoscape -
    changed it to a black and white drawing
    then reversed black and white
    and got this image
    which for me is a bit easier to read
    It will now expand larger with CNTL-+
    If this helps and you need more info let me know

    082119-122318.jpg
     
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    Yes, that's great.
     
  10. Matt Parker

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    Thanks THTanner, I do not want people to have to go through that trouble. I will find a plugin for my website that will allow people to "zoom in".
     
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    Photoscape has macros that would allow fairly automatic conversion of all the of images within a folder, but I don't know how to use the macros.
     
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    If you have Adobe Acrobat (or similar) you could put all the images into a single .pdf document then anyone anywhere with a .pdf reader could enlarge the images as required for the screen on which the document is being viewed.

    RC
     
  13. Matt Parker

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    Okay, I have installed a "zoom" function on my website. Thanks for the input everyone. If anyone has any other suggestions for improvement, please let me know.
     
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    Much better! :thumb:
     
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    Can read the text now, much better
     
  16. Matt Parker

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    For those who may be interested...I have added several new movements to my website's "Beats-Per-Hour" Page.
    Beats Per Hour
    Enjoy,

    Matt
     
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    The link appears to go to the trademarks page, Matt.
     
  18. Matt Parker

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    Shutterbug,
    If you click on the icon/trademarks you will be taken to the beats per hour counts for that company. Thanks for pointing it out though...It certainly would not have been the first time I posted the wrong link.
    -Matt
     
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    Hey Matt-

    I missed this when you posted in January or I would have said then how much I appreciate your efforts! I know you have spent many years compiling this information and the copy you gave me when we worked together at The Clock Makers is still in daily use. Thanks for making this available to everyone!
     
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    Oh! Yes, that works. It certainly would not be something everyone would try though. Maybe a note about that on your page would help ;)
    Great work, by the way!
     

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