The Modern Clock - Goodrich

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  1. Scottie-TX

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    Often when a particular topic arises such as for example, lock, drop, lift, run, cycloidal error, etc., I've noted David J. LaBounty, CMC FBHI refer to Goodrich and "The Modern Clock".
    I HAD to see. I HAD to read for myself. Only a hundred pages into it and I am stoked. Admittedly that's only a fifth of the book but if the book ended here, I'd feel my money well spent. I have a half dozen or more other books on practise and theory. Less than half way thru, already this is by far the best.
    One note however. This is not a beginner's book. This would not be a good first book. But after you've got several beginners' books and tore down a dozen or more movements - GET THIS book!
     
  2. eskmill

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    Agreed Scotty.

    Ward Goodrich's "The Modern Clock" was my first "reader." I still keep two copies at hand; one upstairs and one in the lab.

    The book is old and much of the text was written over a hundred years ago as a column in a Jeweler's trade publication; I think it was one printed by Hazlet & Co.

    Skipping through the text, it becomes obvious that the style and prose changes, depending on the original writer's style(s). The pseudo author, Ward Goodrich, is obviously an assumed name.

    "The Modern Clock," "Best of Jesse Coleman" and Britten's "Dictionary and Guide" are where I first look for answers to thorny problems, nowhere else is so much written on early battery clock maintenance.
     
  3. Uhralt

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    I had to get this book in order to set the strike in an ST ships bell clock that I had repaired. The book covers the movement specifically and it helped me to avoid a lot of trial and error.

    Uhralt
     
  4. Tom McIntyre

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    This was my first book also. I bought it after I restored my first clock but found it very handy when restoring my S.T. tower clock. The design for the missing pendulum came right out of Goodrich.
     
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    Tom:

    You told me you haven't restored your S.T. tower clock yet. It's still sitting on your back porch rusting away!

    Frank
     
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    It would not be rusting if I had not restored it. It was running fine in my living room in West Virginia 34 years ago. :(
     

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