Regula Cuckoo Clock

josephus14

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I have a Regula cuckoo clock that has a music box that runs after the chime. Since I got it running it has had an odd creaking sound as the music played. After taking it apart I noticed that, I guess you could call it a sound board, has a crack in it. Is there any fixing this? I hesitate to solder with heat, since it might warp. Could I use JB weld or something on either side of the crack? Or do I just learn to enjoy the slightly creepy noises? Thanks for your input.
 

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josephus14

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Relatively certain. When I remove the music box from the clock and turn the drum, I can still hear the odd noises. There are no other signs of damage. The crack is running down both sides of the screw hole. I think someone got over zealous when tightening the screw. I looked at it under an eye loop and it really is a small crack not a mark or scratch. The first time I heard the noise, it was pretty creepy. It sounds a little like high pitched voice.
 

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Josehp what sort of tools do you have? Just trying to figure out how best to approach this in order to tighten it up.
 

josephus14

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Uh. Well basic hand tools. I don't have a lot of specialty clock tools. But if Home Depot has it, I can get it. :) - Joe
 

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Do you have any sort of small C clamp or similar so that you could clamp it end for end to verify that closing the gap would do it?
Even if you could clamp it and then turn by hand.
 

josephus14

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Excellent suggestion. I do not have one, but I will get one this week and try that. If that does indeed help, could it be soldered?
 

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Joe others with more experience that I would have with these chime blocks may give other advice. However due to size and mass of the block I don't think that it would be a good idea to try and heat it up enough to get solder to flow... assuming you could even get it to flow into the crack. I would think that just verifying that tightening it up would eliminate the problem would be a good start. Having said that I haven't come up with a good repair for a peson with limited tools and equipment.. unless of course you can just leave the clamp on ;)
 

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Ha. Well I am from the southern United States. In the world of "git 'er done". I may just duct tape the c clamp to the side of the case...........
 

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Looks like the "sound board" is made out of cast iron which if so will not solder anyway. My first thought is to flow thin super glue into the crack and clamp it till set. I've used it on cracked pottery and ceramic pieces and once set the "ring" is back so it might work on this piece too. I suspect that if a clamp or some other device is left on it that the sound will be dampened.

Good luck!
Dave
 

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I don't think it is the crack. It is more likely that the
music box is missing the dampening.
If it is missing, it will make a sound like you describe.
Tinker Dwight
 

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Clamping it could completely break it off, too. Caution is advised. I'm thinking that Tinker may be on the right track.
 

josephus14

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I don't think it is the crack. It is more likely that the
music box is missing the dampening.
If it is missing, it will make a sound like you describe.
Tinker Dwight
I am beginning to second guess my thoughts about the crack. Help me here, when you say it is missing the dampening--what does that consist of? Is there a part in the music box or the case that is missing? Never worked with a music box, so I'm new to this. Joe
 

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Dampers are under the chime teeth, and maybe just 1/2 of them. They'll be white or at least not metallic looking.
 

josephus14

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Okay. I have gotten on the internet and learned enough about dampers to be completely depressed. My only hope appears to be purchasing a chicken. Is it just me or is brain surgery less complicated? I'm adding a smiley face, but it isn't exactly what I feel......................:)
 

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You might be expecting too much from this music movement. It ain't a Stradivarius, just a cheaply made movement.
 

josephus14

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You might be expecting too much from this music movement. It ain't a Stradivarius, just a cheaply made movement.
Well put. It was a $20 yard sale clock with two broken gears and missing parts. I have it running now which was quite an accomplishment for a beginner like myself. I will call the creaking character and put it behind me. Thanks to everyone for the input. I have learned a lot.
 

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