English Longcase Clock Catgut replacement

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  1. hookster

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    I have heard, from some reputable sources, that new catgut should be pre-soaked in some type of organic oil before spooling on the barrels. Either olive oil or neatsfoot oil. What are the pros and cons if any?
     
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    I say no. Never been done to mine. I did have a fusee dial clock with it done but the gut snapped within two years and has been replaced with unoiled gut.
     
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    I agree. Some oils actually dissolve the material and weaken it. I doubt that the gut provided today is the same as the older material, and should not be treated the same.
     
  4. Willie X

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    I have never soaked but do pull the gut between my fingers with a few drops of clock oil, until it's coated. I went over to the other side (synthetics) quite a while back and never looked back. Willie X
     
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    Thanks. That agrees with what I thought.
     
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    I use natural materials for my own clocks, it is made by an internationally renowned harp string manufacturer, they make it to order each time. It is perhaps 5 times the price of the stuff you get from clock suppliers, but it is still a small cost relative to the value of the clocks and the restoration. Amortised over 10 years insignificant.
     

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