I inherited a project clock. My late father in law (back in the 80s) started building a grandfather clock. I need to finish the case, but the clock sort of has me stumped. As the title states, this is a Hermle 1161-853. I have it all set up in the case and the tick tock is dialed in and working. I still need to figure out how to get the hour/minute hands where they need to be, but that should be easy enough. My main issue is that the chimes don't seem to work. Upon poking around, I noticed that the lever (sorry, not up to speed on the terminology) seems to jam up on the snail. It looks to me like the lever should ride up the snail when it comes to the highest point. Instead, the lever jams behind the snail and I think that is what is gumming up the works. I'll clarify, I don't have a chime rod, and I've spent some time watching this thing and if I reset the lever on the snail the hammers will move sometimes. So, I think the issue (or at least the first issue) is to figure out how to fix that hangup. While this is an old clock, I'm not sure it was ever used. Second issue...it needs cleaned. Gunk and cobwebs and such. I've watched a few long videos on disassembly and cleaning and it seems that to remove the cable barrels, I need to let down the spring tension. I can't seem to find a step by step, but it seems like it would be: 1. Remove the weights 2. Use a let down tool 3. Seems like there is probably something behind the winding post I need to flip 4. Slowly release the tension I have a few questions about this: 1. All the let down tools are pretty expensive, and some of the home made ones seem to fit a key. I have a pulley lever "thing" for winding the clock, so...can I just use that? Seems like most of these tools are just trying to give you a little more leverage. I'm not sure how much force I need to contend with. 2. Am I correct on this model, that there is a lever behind the front plate that I probably just need to flip with a wooden skewer or something in order to let down? I'm hoping if I can fix the issue with the snail and give it a good cleaning it will be in good working order. Hopefully... Thanks in advance!