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I have a Howard Miller Movement 155 Model 610-110 with two rods missing from the chime. One of the rods I have in my possession (it appears it might have fallen out as there is no apparent damage to it), the other rod is missing. I noticed the rod has a tapered end with serrated edges on the tapered end but have no idea what that means.

I received the clock from my in-laws who purchased the instrument Dec 18th, 1978. The clock is working fine, chimes every quarter hour and on the hour. I have only had it running for about 4 hours so not sure on accuracy but the clock has a steady rhythm.

Is it possible to get replacement parts and have the rods re-installed? and is it something I can do myself or should I refer to an expert. If an expert is required could you recommend one in my area (Alpharetta, GA)?

Any advise would be much appreciated.
Thank you!

Brian, the tapered part of the rod is cast into a threaded plug that is screwed into the cast iron chime block.  The newer ones are now more like plugs that are pressed into the block.  I would imagine yours is the screw-in type.  They are secured very tightly and I have to use a vise and special screwdriver I have made to insure it doesn't slip or damage the screw slot when removing and replacing.  Also the rods have to be a certain length and sometimes have to be tuned (ground off) for the proper pitch. I do not know of any clockmakers in the Atlanta area that I can recommend.  However, I might have an option would possibly work our.  If you will contact me at my shop email address below, we can discuss the details.

John Newman
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Prattville, Alabama

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