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I just purchased a new movement for my old wall clock.  It is a MQB-496. Unfortunately, the bim bam chime sounds just like our door bell.  Is there any way I can modify the MQB to have a single chime instead of the bim bam.

I looked up that movement part number you gave me and noticed it uses mechanical chime bars rather than a loud speaker to produce the sound. The simplest thing to do is tie one of the hammers in the raised position so it cannot contact the chime bar. This way you will only either get a bim or a bam,  which ever you prefer. Possibly you could interchange the two bars, however I do not know how appealing this would sound.

You might change the sound of your doorbell if this is possible. We have one which can be programed in many ways.  

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Tom Williams


I can not think of any questions I cannot answer in regard to repairing antique clocks or radios. However, I am sure there are a few I have not heard and may not be able to answer. If I cannot, I will say so. I have been repairing them since I was a young child.


My experience includes repairing CooKoo clocks, Westminsters, BimBam, almost all antique clocks. I do a bit of repair on battery clocks where the value is sufficient to warrant working on them. I also repair antique (tube type) radios - all makes.

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