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Thanks for all of your advice in the past regarding this clock. I have been able to get it running but very often, 2-3 days, it stops again; most times at 5 minutes before the hour. I have concluded that the movement just needs a professional cleaning and oiling to correct years of no oiling or improper oiling [by me regrettably]. I have been most reluctant to attempt removing this movement from the clock my father made 35 years ago but it is now time. Can you provide or direct me to a procedure which will tell me how to safely remove the 300M from the clock so I can take it to be serviced? Also, if you know of any link where I can locate a professional clock service in the Virginia Beach Virginia area to perform this service I would be most appreciative.  Howard

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Howard, I do not know of any clockmakers in that area.  Have you looked in the Yellow Pages or on classified services such as Craig's list?  I have a good clockmaker friend that is in northern Virginia.  Not knowing the clock model itself, I can just guess on how to remove the movement.  The following is for the typical Emperor using the 300M movement which is the Jauch Pendel l10cm.  First remove the weights, pendulum and hands.  The back panel of the clocks would be removed next and then the chime board/chime block assembly.  If there is a plywood frame around the dial, it must be removed.  The board is fastened by two screws on the sides.  Then the movement mount frame (probably) or single seat board (maybe) would be removed out the back and the two screws holding the movement to the board would be removed and the movement separated from the frame or seat board.  Then to remove the dial, four tapered pins would be removed from the dial posts and the dial separated from the movement. It might be better to leave the dial attached to the movement, as it is a little difficult to align it when reassembling.  Leave it up to the clockmaker.  When reinstalling the movement, it will have to be aligned.  The chime and strike hammers will have to realigned with the rods, which is a little difficult.  Then the clock will have to be set "in-beat".  If a clockmaker is in your area, it might be best to let him do the removing and replacing of the movement.  I have had customers insist on doing it themselves to save a little money.  I would guarantee the work on the movement, but then would have to go out and set it up for them because they could not get it to work.

I hope this helps a little.


John Newman
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Prattville, Alabama  

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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". 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. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 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.

Experience

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required. 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.

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

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

Education/Credentials
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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