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QUESTION: Good Morning

My Pearl Grand father clock is apprx. 25 yrs old.  The chimes are not in-zinc with the time, how do I adjust this.



ANSWER: Bob, I will assume you are talking about the strike (counts the hours) and not the chime (plays the melodies on the quarters).  If you are talking about the chimes, get back with me.

Turn the minute hand through the quarters, letting them chime, until you reach the hour and the clock strikes.  Count the number of strikes.  Carefully slip the hour hand to the hour that just struck.  Now, using the minute hand, set the clock to the correct time.  You do not have to wait for each chime to play through.  The chimes will auto sync within one two two hours.  Good luck and if you have any more questions, get back with me.

John Newman
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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QUESTION: Thanks John.

I think that would work,  but I failed to mention that my clock doesn't alway chin.  Perhaps it needs a general tune up, or if think that something that I could correct.

Is there some type of general or preventative maintenance I can or should be doing?

Thanks John

Merry Christmas



Bob, if it doesn't always chime, it could be that the lubricants are old and gummy and/or there are some worn parts.  If one weight is heavier than the other two, it should be hanging on the right (as you face the clock).  If it has been at least 10 years since the last servicing, that could be the problem.  You can buy lubricants to oil and grease a clock movement, but to do it correctly the movement should be separated from the dial so the lubrication points can be accessed.  If you don't know how do do that I would suggest having an experienced clockmaker look at it.  When some function of a clock fails from lack of regular service, there are usually other functions that need attention and that usually requires a complete servicing.  My usual practice is to do that, as I don't just limit the work to one area.  Sometimes it helps to know a few more details, as the make, model and age of the movement and the time since it was last serviced.  Without that I'm just thinking in generalities.

John Newman
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama  

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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop in Prattville, Alabama.


One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

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Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

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Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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