Greeting all; some of you may remember me blitzing this group, several months ago, with lots of pestering questions about cheap materials (plastic, mystery wood etc.) used in expensive modern/reproduction clocks. Very reluctant to do so, re-entering this territory. Apologies for annoying folks. But it's a very real practical question. Admittedly done with the intention of likely selling for small profit (possibly keeping it instead if I would absolutely fall in love with it, unlikely), I purchased one of these Howard Miller "Thomas Thompion" clocks now ubiquitous on Ebay, based on a significantly (but not vastly) lower than average price. I was sure it the low price was based on haphazard advertising and poor photos. When I physically obtained it (pick-up rather than delivery), my old perceptions and suspicions were renewed, concerning plastic and other shockingly cheap materials. For example, the "hinged" brass handle on top of the clock is not hinged at all, but a solid immobile piece molded to appear hinged. In other words, to save 3 cents, they made an imitation as opposed to real (moving) hinge. As to the dial (esp. spandrels), many may recall my old thread: incredibly shoddy plastic. But truth is, I was expecting that. What I would deeply, deeply, deeply appreciate is if anyone could confirm or dispel or otherwise clarify my strong suspicion the side panels are some form of plastic/acrylic/plexiglass. These HM TT clocks as I said are all over Ebay, at least 10 at any one time, I can be excused, I hope, for referring to ebay for images. I've included in this post one image from ebay, though, of a side panel seeming to confirm my suspicion: the seller is acknowledging a "white scuff" on what is supposedly "glass." Could real glass actually get a blemish like that? If my perceptions are unfortunately true, and this is some form of plastic, how is it possible that a clock listed at well over a thousand dollars (even if it rarely or never actually sells at "msrp") would resort to a cost-cut that even a $2.00 jar of pickles or strawberry preserves doesn't resort to. I mean, 6" x 3" glass panel is so expensive to Howard Miller that they'd substitute plastic to save 3 cents on a $1000 clock? Again, I know you kind folks can't tell merely from photos (the one I posted or any on Ebay you're kind/patient enough to look at) if this is glass or plastic, but If you could clarify this baffling issue for me in any way, very, very deeply appreciated. Seriously: if Heinz can lavish the "luxury" of real glass on a jar of pickles, Howard Miller can't splurge on real glass for a $1000 clock? Is this possible? Thanks so very much for any responses!! Andrew BTW, though I suspect most are at least vaguely familiar with the clock in question (it's Howard Miller's flagship mantel clock, with a Hermle triple chime movement, interior back panel mirror to visually highlight the movement through the side panels), burl veneer on the door, and somewhat enlarged case, with a gold accent stripe painted around the base. It's obvious that this was mass produced for the corporate retirement gift market, and Howard Miller obviously had contracts with AT&T and other large corporations to make this a standard retirement gift; many on Ebay have small plaques (w/ logo) to this effect. Is it possible these corporate models were made with somewhat cheaper materials, more plastic etc., so they are slightly different in this way from what one might buy at a clock store?