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Hi,
I have just acquired a partially assembled long case clock The movement is Kieninger 06R 116, triple chime. The leader is missing but I knocked up a bracket to suspend the pendulum.  However the pendulum seemed too heavy for the arm.  Is there a set weight the pendulum should be? Also the rod that supports the hands is bent, can this be easily replaced?   
Many thanks in anticipation.

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Pete, at the moment I am unfamiliar with the Kieninger 06R 116cm.  I can check when I return to my shop Monday.  However, I  can tell you a little about the hanging arrangement. From the number you provided, the pendulum is designated a 116 cm (not necessarily exactly that length).  It is usually a rather heavy pendulum.  The way your pendulum hanging arrangement is configured is that there is a horizontal post about 1/4" in diameter at the top back of the movement. The suspension spring hangs from that and the hanger attaches to the suspension spring.  The pendulum is hung from the hanger.  There is a vertical arm coming out of the back of the movement that is shorter than the hanger but is connected to it, usually in a slot.  If it is not configured correctly the clock will not run.  If you need parts I do have them but we'll try to find a supplier nearer to you, like Germany (that's where the movement is manufactured). Is it possible for you to send me a clear photo of the back of the movement with what you have attached to it?  My shop email address is below.  It sounds like the bent rod to which you are referring is the centershaft.  It runs through the movement all the way to the back.  The only way for it to be replaced is to disassemble the complete movement.  It is sometimes possible to straighten the centershaft, but it has to be done correctly.  If they are off just a little, the movement will jam.  I have done a few, but some have been bent so much that I have had to replace them.  Send me a photo of the front of the clock also, showing the damage.  I look forward to hearing from you.



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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