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Good evening Mr Newman
I also have a Lava clock like the photo on the site.
It works great however the hammer is not touching the gong. Not sure if the gong is broken because I see the spring but not rod" for the hammer to strike.
Where can I purchase a new gong rod?
Thank you

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Martha, I do not know of "the photo on the site".  Can you enlighten me?  Or is it possible for you to send me a clear photo of your clock in the gong area (with the door open)?  My clockshop email address is below.  For the correct terminology, the gong is the spiral coil of wire that is attached to the base by a straight portion of the wire.  The hammer is the part that is attached to the rod or wire coming out of the bottom of the clock movement behind the dial.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Note:  Due to my commitment to answering Allexperts questions in a timely manner, and the workload at my shop, I cannot always answer personal emails (other than Allexpers followups)immediately.  I regret any delays.  

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Expertise

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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