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QUESTION: Hi-I have a wall clock,when it's 6, it will say so, but only chime twice.  This continues for 24 hours.  Can it be fixed-how??

ANSWER: Jack, the only Kassel wall clocks I am familiar with are the Asian 31-day clocks, although some have been listed as 15-day.  I need a little clarification on your explanation.  Does it only strike twice at 6, and if not, are the other hours off at all?  Also, you say that it continues for 24 hours.  Does this mean that it strikes twice at 6 twice a day and then it strikes okay for other days?  Let me know and I'll try to determine what might be wrong.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvilliage
Prattville, Alabama




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QUESTION: John-my wall clock chimes24 times/day (hours & half-hours) with half-hours correctly, but with hours being four hours slow though the clock shows the correct time.  At 2:00 it chimes 10 times-t's crazy, thanks for your help...Jack

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Jack, so what you are saying is that the strike is off 4 hours the time consistently.  I had suggested that this clock might be an Asian 31-day (sometimes identified as 30 or 32 day).  These clocks usually have hour hands that are keyed into the hour tube, which is the part on which the hour hand is pushed.  If it is not the Asian clock or the key tab has been broken, then the hand can be slipped around to correct it.  The way to do this is to run turn the minute hand around until the hour strikes.  Count the number of strikes and slip the hour hand to that hour.  Then use the minute hand to set the clock to the correct time of day.  That should do it.  Most clocks have ah hour hand that slips.  Let me know how it works out and if you have any more questions, get back with me.

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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.

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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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