Post Your Junghans "Membran-Gong" clocks Here

mauleg

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Pursuant to my post in this thread, I've managed to add two Junghans "Membran-Gong" clocks to my collection. One is a weight-driven wall clock, the other a spring-driven miniature mantel clock. Both came to me in rough shape, but are both now serviced, restored and are very accurate and reliable time keepers.

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The design of this clock would fit right in with an avocado-green refrigerator. The resonator grill is visible in the 3rd image; the 4th image shows (before service) the movement's striking mechanism with its substantial hammer springs. This clock is very loud!
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Mantel
This clock is only 12" wide, but sounds much larger. It's not quite as loud as its cousin above, but it has a deep, rich tone that is still audible above the cacophony of 16 other loud chimers going off in a small room at the same time. I find the dial on this little clock particularly attractive.
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If I can find a full-size mantel, that should complete the representative examples of these for me.

The tone of this type of clock is one of my favorites and they are great timekeepers. It would be great to see other examples of the model line.
 
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Found at a local antiques mall. Did not buy this clock but I did demonstrate its gong for the shop owner. One of its springs had busted so I had to manually operate the little hammers. Very nice sound, strong but mellow and very much like a doorbell or vibraphone. While I did not purchase this particular clock I would like to add such a thing to my collection someday. The Membran-Gong was an intriguing invention and represents the last big development of gong design in Germany. There afterwards the art of German gong manufacturing saw a sad decline into complete obscurity.

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Mauleg, I have clocks similar to both of yours, and would like to know how you cleaned and restored the dials. Yours are beautiful!
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Pursuant to my post in this thread, I've managed to add two Junghans "Membran-Gong" clocks to my collection. One is a weight-driven wall clock, the other a spring-driven miniature mantel clock. Both came to me in rough shape, but are both now serviced, restored and are very accurate and reliable time keepers.

Some pictures:

Wall
The design of this clock would fit right in with an avocado-green refrigerator. The resonator grill is visible in the 3rd image; the 4th image shows (before service) the movement's striking mechanism with its substantial hammer springs. This clock is very loud!
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Mantel
This clock is only 12" wide, but sounds much larger. It's not quite as loud as its cousin above, but it has a deep, rich tone that is still audible above the cacophony of 16 other loud chimers going off in a small room at the same time. I find the dial on this little clock particularly attractive.
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If I can find a full-size mantel, that should complete the representative examples of these for me.

The tone of this type of clock is one of my favorites and they are great timekeepers. It would be great to see other examples of the model line.
Here is another example of a Junghans quartz

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Salsagev

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These are indeed very nice clocks. How unique are these?
 

chimeclockfan

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It's a Quattro-Phon Quartz chime. This was Junghans' first go at an electronic chime clock and must have been a success going by how many were made. The chime sounds were sampled from actual gong sets so the sound was better compared to cheaper makes.
From a 1981 catalog:

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There's no telling who really manufactured them as the same movements and chimes have turned up with other names including SBH and Hermle. Westminster/Schubert's Ave Maria/Whittington/Bim-Bam chimes, sometimes Ave Maria de Lourdes and Trinity.

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JTD

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I have heard the Membran Gong and it is very sweet toned (in my opinion). You don't come across them very often - I don't know how long they were manufactured, but I would say they are less easy to find that other more standard gongs.

I can't say anything about the quartz one made by Junghans as I have never heard one.



How unique are these?
No clock is 'unique' unless it is custom made. Unique means 'one of a kind'.

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