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My father bought and built a Emperor Grandfather clock Model 300 and it has worked for years without a problem.  However, lately it will only chime once on the hour no matter what hour it is.  It chimes properly on the quarter hours.  I have searched online for some suggestions as to the cause of the hourly chiming but have not been able to find anything.  Any suggestions you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

Lisa, something happened to my vacation status submission on Allexperts.  I am on a mission trip in Honduras drilling fresh water wells.  I will return on Monday, March 11 to answer your question.  I apologize for the delay and if you need a quicker answer, you can contact one of the other clock experts.  I will check when I return and answer your question if need be.

I can tell you that there is a part for the strike mechanism called the rack and it has to fall down to the proper level indicating the hour to work properly.  It could be that the rack is stuck.  That would probably require the services of an experienced clockmaker.  But I will get back with you Monday.

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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

Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

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

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

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