quail problem

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  1. CJo

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    I'm working on a cuckoo/quail and somehow or someone, removed the loop on the end of the lift for the quail. Just wondering how would be the best way to repair this. I've thought about it a lot, but would like your input. Thanks![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. shutterbug

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    If memory serves, that lever should interact with and lift the long loop on the other side. I believe that's what activates the cuckoo after the quail call. You could use a tube to solder on an extension to what you have, or make a new wire.
     
  3. nsc5

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    There is a video on Youtube of your movement that shows the part, I found it while looking for info on my quail cuckoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhde6rx3F2A As shutterbug suggested the easiest approach is to solder a tube and extension piece in place.
     
  4. Tinker Dwight

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    One always wonders why people do such things:???:
    "Dang, I hate this wire. I'll snip it off. There, I feel much better."
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  5. nsc5

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    I guess the previous owner really hated the chirping sound from the quail...

    Sometimes things people do defy explanation. I restore a lot of vintage ham radio gear from the 1930s and 1940s and one of the really nice looking radios from that era is the National NC-100X with an art deco silver, black, and red front panel with a green "magic eye" tube. I picked up one for a parts unit because a previous owner not only drilled a hole through the front panel for an added control he chose to drill it right through the styled National diamond logo.
     
  6. senhalls

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    The OP is correct . The loop end has been cut . That top lever is not the cuckoo trip lever . The video cited gives the form and length of wire needed . Cuckoo trip lever is further down the wheel train .
     
  7. THTanner

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    I have had three cuckoo clocks so far where the owner cut off the tail flip wire "because it was in the way"

     
  8. Tinker Dwight

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    That cut one is just for the bellows. The long curved brass lever is pushed down by the pins sticking out
    of the quail's count wheel and is what trips the cuckoo. It is clearly seen in the picture.
    Tinker Dwight
     
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