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    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

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    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

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Urgos Grandfather clock works problem

Raymond Gocken

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attached are a few photos of a Urgos GF clock that I am searching for info on as to how the Westminster chime side levers and hook should be aligned and properly adjusted. I have a number of reference books but nothing on this particular works. Could use some help.

Thanks

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Raymond Gocken

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After reading some older Urgos postings it sounds like I might need to advise the customer that these works need to be replaced with Hermle works?
 

Willie X

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Yes,
First, loosen the hook's hub screw and retighten it, not to tight. Now turn the minute hand slowly, from one quarter to the next, while observing the action of the two hooks. You will notice that one hook lifts the other. One is the main hook, it is riveted directly into the hub you just loosened and retightened. The other hook is the chime correction hook. It is lifted by the main hook and should only allow unhooking at the hour, when the lift is higher.
Sooooo, the trick is to nudge the main hook up or down ever so slightly until you find the point that the main hook will barely release on all quarters and the correction hook will barely release on the hour.
Shortcut, with the hand right at the hour drop-off point, adjust the chime correction hook to a point maybe 1/4mm above the stop pin. This will be correct or very close to it. When you have it right, tighten the screw and recheck. Sometimes tightening the screw can throw it off again. If so, just try the adjustment again with the screw reasonably tight.
Good luck,. Willie X
 
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