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Can you adjust the chimes louder? My Mom can barely hear them.

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Pam, I apologize for the delay in my answer.  Mechanical clock chimes have very little adjustments on volume.  The chime hammers are adjusted for maximum volume as they hit the rods.  If they are any closer they will make a thudding sound or double strike.  If they are too far away the sound volume will be intermittent.  There are other factors such as wear on the mechanism that lifts the hammers to allow them to drop.  This is usually random and is not necessarily consistent with with all hammers.  Chime hammer adjustment usually has to be done by an experienced clockmaker.  For the request of increasing the volume on older clocks with leather hammer pads, one technique I use is to apply some type of hard drying adhesive like super glue to the pads to harden them.  However, I believe that the hammer pads on your Ansonia are the nylon type and this cannot be done.  The chime rod assembly is attached to the clock case by screws and sometimes they become a little loose.  Tightening them improves the sound quality and volume.  I will have to say that I do receive a number of complaints about sound volume from people whose hearing has diminished over the years.  Actually, I am experiencing this myself.  I'm afraid there is not too much that can be done in this case.  I'm sorry I don't have a definite answer for you, but I hope it helps a little.



John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
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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