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I glued(with clamps)a sound board in an Ansonia iron case clock, and it sounded great afterward. I would think the main considerations there would be 1. No chunks missing or significant wood loss. 2. Minimal glue with tight clamps.
Flat or sour tones are like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Even the ones that sound like smacking an empty oil drum with a hammer at their best, still sound better if the tone is clear and resonantI'm glad tonal quality is important to some other people too. I remember buying a German box clock years ago. I listened to every clock the seller had in his shop and I chose the one with the nicest tone. It wasn't the prettiest clock he had, but I have never regretted the decision. It's in the hallway just outside my bedroom and was meant to be heard, not seen . I like to watch YouTube videos of people servicing clocks. What a disappointment to see someone with skill restore a clock and then pay absolutely no attention to any adjustment of the hammers, rods, gongs or bell(s).
The “oil drum with a hammer” tone seems to be pretty standard in the Ansonia iron case clocks with the large(4” or so)gong. As you have noted, though, with a little work the sound can be made tolerable, almost pleasant. I’m just speculating here, but my guess is that with the ornate gold trim, etc, their target market was folks with big houses, and the idea behind big gong and stout hammer spring was to enable it to be heard all over the house, albeit at the sacrifice of a more melodic tone.Biker, what a deadly accurate description of my box clock chime (smacking an empty oil drum etc). with only a little bit more resonance.
I played around a fair bit with hammer position along the coil and also back and forwards until i got a much more acceptable tone. Afew tries but well worth the effort. The clock then stopped striking but that is not relevant here.