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QUESTION: Dear Kenneth, I have a Franz Hermie clock 340-020A clock  & would like to know ow to silence the chimes.  I have attached a photos of the clock works.  Thanks, Laura

ANSWER: no switch or lever shown on your photo --stuffing something between the hammers and the bottom of the movement will do--piece of styrofoam perhaps?

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QUESTION: Thanks for your suggestion but I am trying to determine if there would be some way to deactivate them built into the clock works.  I think I recall some directions years ago that referred to a method that I think involved adjusting the time.  Is this a possibility?

you only show the back side - got a front photo?

some have a lever on the front that lifts the trip arm and holds it up and some had a L shaped lever attached just above the hammers that could be swung down to hold the hammers down.

chimes are the best part!

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any mechanical clock question -no watches- no battery clock questions and no appraisals-ie: "how much is my clock worth?" type questions please! Attach a photo if possible and note all markings on the rear of the mechanism- thanks 40 years as a professional clock repair person- still a full time clock repair service owner


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