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Chime rod broken, how to replace

Ron Roberts

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As you can see in one of the photos, on of the chime rods has broken off. I have not seen this type of chime rod before and do not know how to remove the top end. Also, how can one get replacements. Thanks for you answers.

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wow

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You have a chime block where the rods are pressed in. That makes it much more difficult to replace a broken rod. You can press in a new rod, but you will have to remove the broken part left in the block. Heat is usually the best way to get it to move. It will have to be driven out and a new rod shaped and tapered so it will press in very tightly. A longer rod than the broken one will need to be used and tuned to the Westminster note(rod) that was broken.
The easiest way to do it is to drill out the broken piece and tap the hole with threads that match a screw-in rod. Chances of finding a screw-in rod that is tuned to the proper pitch are slim. A longer rod can be used and then cut or ground off till it reaches the proper pitch.
 

Willie X

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Use an anvil and punch to drive out the broken stub. It drives out from the rod end. After doing this you will understand how the rod was made. You can make a new one but the OD of the new rod needs to be exactly right and the new rod will have to be tuned.

Note, tuning is best left to an expert who can use a machine or 'musical ear' to get you back in tune. The new rod will have a different voice but if you use a rod made for this purpose and of similar material, it will usually be pretty close.

Willie X
 

Ron Roberts

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Thanks to both of you, that is exactly what I needed to know.
 

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